Inside look at the DuBois Home $600,000 grand opening renovation


Debbie DeLucco, who was born in Niagara Falls and lives in Jupiter, has been a docent at the DuBois Pioneer Home since August. The two-story home is open for tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. No reservations are required.

The home has recently had a $600,000 renovation. The grand opening is Wednesday.

Q. Tell us about the house and Harry and Susan DuBois, the first residents of the DuBois House.

A. The DuBois House was built in 1898 by Charlie Carlin, oldest son of Captain Charles Carlin of the Jupiter Inlet Lifesaving Station, with help from Harry DuBois and his father. Harry [1871-1924] fished commercially, salvaged items from shipwrecks, transported building materials to Henry Flagler, owned a pineapple plantation and much more. Susan [1876-1977] came to Florida from Kansas after earning a teaching degree. She originally lived with her father and brother in Lake Worth, was hired to teach in Jupiter, boarded at the Carlin House Hotel, and met Harry on a double blind date to the Jupiter Lighthouse with Charlie Carlin and his date. Harry and Susan married on Sept. 15, 1898.

Q. The DuBois had three sons and one daughter. Tell us about them.

A. All four children were born in the home. John [1899-1987] was as enterprising as his father. He fished, farmed, salvaged, but he and his wife Bessie also ran a fishing camp and later a restaurant on the DuBois property. Henry [1901-1997] made his living growing and transporting ferns. Anna [1903-1983] moved to Lake Park with her husband and was their long-time postmistress. Neil [1904-1990] ran the bee-keeping business.

Q. What was life like living on 18 acres on the Jupiter Inlet?

A. This was a self-reliant, self-sufficient quintessential pioneer family living in a virtual wilderness. All family members worked. They fished for themselves and commercially, raised their own food, had a cow, chickens, and ducks, sold bananas, vegetables, guava jelly, shot intrusive animals for dinner, and more. The children also went to school in Jupiter via a school boat through grade 10. Playing, fishing, and boating on the Loxahatchee River, their life must have been almost idyllic at times.

Q. Harry DuBois was a beekeeper. Why was that such a lucrative business?

A. During World War I, sugar was unavailable and honey sold for thirty-five cents per gallon. In one year, Harry shipped over 90,000 pounds of honey to northern markets. He had 600 hives.

Q. Why visit the DuBois Pioneer Home?

A. The DuBois house is an original restored turn-of-the-century pioneer home, the rich historical background of the property and of the DuBois family, the archaeological importance of the shell mound [midden]. Visitors learn about a time period in Florida’s and Jupiter’s history about which many know very little.



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