we visited Gilbert's Bar House of Refuge, built on the "St. Lucie Rocks" (Hutchinson Island). It is the only one remaining. You can find more information by visiting www.elliottmuseum.org
Houses of refuge were built along Florida's east cost, a sparsely populated area when this one was constructed in 1876. A keeper and his family lived in residence, and after storms, he walked the beach, looking for shipwreck survivors to rescue.
This would make a cozy place to live. I can totally imagine myself here. Come with me on a tour.
Sign me up. Oh, wait. There wasn't any internet back then. Guess I'll stay in this time in the wilds of Maine.