Pioneer Day is an annual event held at both Brevard County's Sams House/Pine Island Conservation Area and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in north Merritt Island. Celebrating the early settlers of Merritt Island at two of their historic sites will take you back in time through art, music, food, presentations, archaeology, and nature.
Family-friendly activities and events include Florida living history demonstrations, educational exhibits, pioneer cemetery tours, a cemetery stroll where actors in period attire talk about life in their day, live music, crafts fair and farmer's market vendors, guided trail hikes, children's crafts and games, homemade soups, and a fish fry dinner.
Sponsored by: Pine Island Preservation Society (non-profit for Sams House/Pine Island)
FREE admission (food=$), $1 suggested donation for parking
Celebrating the history of Merritt Island on "Pioneer Day" is an annual event that has an exciting appeal for history, art, music, and nature lovers, and children of all ages from 1 to 100. The February 10, 2018 event is a partnership between Sams House at Pine Island and St. Luke's Episcopal Church located on a sleepy little stretch of North Tropical Trail on North Merritt Island. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the Sams House and St. Luke's will host a wide variety of activities, most of which are free.
Both locations offer activities with plenty of parking at each location.
Pioneer Day is held near the birthday of John Sams, a citrus-grower and the first Superintendent of Brevard County Schools. Mr. Sams built the oldest standing home in Brevard County (circa 1875). The Sams Cabin is now a museum within the 1,000-acre Pine Island Conservation Area, which is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. Mr. Sams also helped to build St. Luke's Chapel in 1888 and is buried in the church cemetery.