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Moonshiners & Rum Runners

Moonshiners & Rum Runners

When Prohibition became the law of the land, many were still determined to enjoy a cocktail no matter what, and Florida played a major role in the illicit liquor trade.

January 2017
Off Vero's Beach: 1942

Off Vero's Beach: 1942

During the early months of 1942, German submarines, unopposed, ravaged shipping lines along the Eastern Seaboard from New England to Florida. With the demands of a two-ocean war, the Navy and Coast Guard initially had few resources to defend against U-boats.

November 2016
A Passion To Change The Future

A Passion To Change The Future

“You cannot live with people without loving them.” This simple-sounding philosophy inspired Harriet Bedell, born in 1875, to spend more than a half century living among and serving as a missionary to the Cheyenne in Oklahoma, the Koyukon in remote Alaska and the Seminoles in South Florida.

September 2016
Honoring The Past

Honoring The Past

Next season the Vero Beach Theatre Guild will perform “The Claypools of Vero,” Suzan’s play inspired by a chapter in her aunt Dorothy Fitch Penniston’s novel An Island in Time. The play follows Dorothy’s life in the 1920s when she came to Vero Beach with her parents. Dorothy’s parents and Suzan’s grandparents, Winchester and Florence Fitch, built “Orchid Oaks,” one of the first seven houses on the barrier island, and were among the founders of Riomar in 1919.

April 2016
Family, Church and Community

Family, Church and Community

This month, on May 10, Vero Heritage, Inc. honors the Wodtke family at the annual Pioneer Family Recognition Dinner.

May 2014
Law & Order In Indian River County

Law & Order In Indian River County

I had the pleasure of sitting down with several local attorneys in the conference room of Stewart, Evans, Stewart & Emmons, P.A., to discuss a brief history of law in Indian River County.

January 2014
Catching Up With The Past

Catching Up With The Past

“I grew up on my aunt’s stories,” says Ellen Elizabeth Stanley, referring to her Aunt Jeanne Mary Morrell. At that point, young Ellen was already a fourth-generation genealogist in the making.

September 2013
Cool It! How A/C Transformed Vero Beach

Cool It! How A/C Transformed Vero Beach

Summers in Florida are not at all like they used to be. Global warming aside, we tolerate August with few of the cooling rituals – mostly sweating and self-fanning – that for decades defined Southern living.

June 2013
Surprising Finds Of The Super-Sleuths

Surprising Finds Of The Super-Sleuths

Digging up family history is an avid pastime for many people in Indian River County, thanks in part to the unique resources and colorful leadership of the Main Library’s Archive Center and Genealogical Department.

June 2013
When The Jungle Went To War

When The Jungle Went To War

“Vistas of supreme charm. Cool green isles in nature’s own cathedral. Royal Palms.

April 2013