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Sams House - an historic house that is an   environmentally endangered lands program education center.

Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area

Sams House is an historic home on Merritt Island, Brevard County, Florida.
It is the Management and Education Center for the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program's Pine Island Conservation Area.
6195 N. Tropical Trail
Merritt Island, FL 32953
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Phone: 321-255-4466
Fax: 321-255-4499
eel-info@brevardparks.com

Center Hours
Tuesday through Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 pm

Trail Hours
October through April: 7:00 AM - 6:00 pm
May through September: 7:00 AM - 8:00 pm


Latitude: 28.472785 — Longitude: -80.7183693

The Sams House EEL Education Center in 2012.
In 1875 John H. Sams built the cabin which is considered the oldest standing home in Brevard County, FL. He brought it to this location in 1878 from Eau Gallie, deconstructed, floated up the Indian River Lagoon, and reassembled here. His family, in this 600 sq. ft. cabin consisted of 4 adults and 6 children.

The cabin originally had 3 rooms. It later spent time as a school, church and a workshop.

They built the large house in 1888. It is a classic Florida vernacular style that accommodated a family with 8 children, some of whom were grown at the time this house was built. Sam's older brother and sister lived here too.

This 1,260 sq. ft. home has two large rooms, a family room and an office on the first floor. Upstairs are three bedrooms and the bath. The kitchen was in a separate building. Until the 1930's there was no indoor plumbing, so an outhouse was located nearby. In the 1950's part of the large porch was turned into a kitchen. The interior woodwork and exterior siding are original. Both buildings are constructed of pine.


Pine Island Knotes — June, 2019
Newsletters of the Pine Island Preservation Society

9/2/2020

September Events at Sams House

Check out our upcoming events list below!

We will be following CDC recommended guidelines and all programs will be conducted outdoors with a strict limit on participants.

  • All programs require registration. Please call to sign up.
  • Masks are recommended for all participating in the program.
  • Each participant will receive their own materials to reduce sharing.
  • All groups/families will be placed 6 feet apart from other groups.

Wildlife Day
Saturday, September 5th, 10:30 am
We're observing National Wildlife Day. Join us at Sams House and learn about what different types of wildlife are roaming around Brevard. We will be crafting and having treats. Limited to 5 groups. Registration is required. Please call to sign up.

Adventure Guide
Sunday, September 13th, 10 am to 4 pm
Come spend the afternoon hiking the Sams House white loop. Stop by the white house before you go and grab an adventure guide for your hike.

Homeschool – Habitats
Friday, September 18th, 10 am to 12 pm
Homeschool is back in session! Join us for a morning learning about habitat restoration and why it is so important. Limit to 15 people. Registration is required. Please call to sign up.

Autumn Vibes
Saturday, August 26th, 10:30 am
Autumn is here!! While the trees shed their leaves, we can craft. We'll be collecting leaves and turning them into art. Limited to 5 groups. Registration is required. Please call to sign up.

Scavenger Hunt
Sunday, September 27th, 10 am to 4 pm
See how many nature treasures you can find while you are at Sams House. Starting point is at the white house.

The Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area was created and is managed under Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program referendum. The Program was established by voters in 1990 and reaffirmed in 2004 to protect and preserve the rich biological diversity and native species of Brevard County for future generations.

The Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 am to 5 pm. Please contact staff at 321-449-4720 with any questions.


Sams House Facebook Page





Historic & Environmental Value

The size and shape of Florida has changed dramatically through the Millennia. At times it was only a few islands, at others, twice today's size. Here at the Sams House site we have uncovered evidence of life about 20,000 years ago, 4,000 years ago, and recent history. Take yourselves down our paths and through our houses. Explore the past in our own back yard.

A sacred Indian Buriel Mound
A Sacred Place.

20,000 years ago - re-creation.
20,000 years ago.



John H. Sams Homestead

The Sams family came to Brevard County from South Carolina in 1875 to take advantage of the 1860 Homestead Act. The family consisted of John Hanahan Sams, his wife Sarah, their five children, John's brother William Sams, and his sister Catherine DeVeaux Sams. The Sams Homestead consists of two buildings. The first, a single story home, was originally constructed in Eau Gallie on property homesteaded by John H. Sams in 1875. The family decided to move nearer to other relatives on North Merritt Island and the house was rafted up the Indian River in 1878 to the present site. It is the oldest dated structure on Merritt Island and a prime example of Florida vernacular construction. In 1884 Sams was granted a homestead deed for 156 acres and by 1888, built the second two-story home adjoining the older house on the property. Sams served as Superintendent of Schools for the county from 1880-1920, while growing citrus and pineapples. John H. Sams died in 1923 and the homes were occupied by his descendants until 1995. Archaeological excavations at the site discovered a prehistoric Native American occupation site that dates from approximately 5,000 BC to 1250 Ad, and also a late Pleistocene fossil site.

A Florida Heritage Site
Sponsored by the Brevard County Historical Commission,The Brevard County Tourist Development Council, and The Florida Department of State — F-575 — 2006


Brevard County EEL Sams House website




The Historic Marker for Sams House
Location of Sanctuaries in North Brevard Florida
Click for active Google Map.

Pine Island Conservation Area
Archaeological Survey


Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary in Titusville


North Brevard Nature Sanctuaries
Scottsmoor, Mims, Titusville, Port St. John, Sharpes,
Canaveral Groves & North Merritt Island, Florida


Maps to many outdoor activities in North Brevard.


The North Brevard Business & Community Directory's
"Places to Go - Things to Do" Directory


Sams House Trails video.


The Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area was created and is managed under Brevard County's Environmentally Endangered Lands Program referendum. The referendum was established by voters in 1990 to protect and preserve the rich biological diversity of Brevard County for future generations. The Sams House at Pine Island Conservation Area is the Central Region location with the distinguished oldest standing structure in Brevard County and operates in partnership with the Pine Island Preservation Society. Over 8 miles of trails are available along with historical and environmentally educational exhibits and hands on learning opportunities. Admission is free, open Tuesday through Sunday 9 to 5.




4/22/2012