Sebastian Inlet State Park is home to two museums. The McLarty Treasure Museum is situated on a survivors camp of the wrecked 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet. The museum features artifacts, displays and an observation deck that overlooks the ocean. Salvagers still work to recover gold, silver and the 'Queen's jewels' that were lost to the sea. The Sebastian Fishing Museum depicts the lives and history of the people who lived in Sebastian, interwoven with fishing and the Indian River Lagoon. The museum commemorates three of Sebastian¿s early families that operated fish houses.
The McLarty Treasure Museum was the first facility to open in Sebastian Inlet State Park. Its dedication took place on March 27, 1971. Named in honor of the family that donated the property to the state, the museum interprets the history of the ill-fated Spanish Plate Fleet of 1715, sunk by a hurricane along nearby sandy shores, and the ongoing attempt to recover its lost riches along Florida¿s Treasure Coast.
This 1923 photo shows Roy Couch (and his boat the Lola B), Charlie Sembler and Gary Redding just before the final plug of sand is removed, allowing the water of Sebastian Inlet to flow between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean. Sebastian Inlet is a man-made cut through a barrier island that runs along the east coast of Florida. The ocean lies to the east and the estuary is sandwiched between the island and the mainland to the west.
This old photo of Sebastian Inlet shows two separate inlet directions. The inlet to the right of the picture existed before World War II and was filled in with sand due to lack of maintenance during the war. The newer inlet to the left was dug after the war and has evolved into the inlet known and used today.
This beautiful brochure commemorates the Sebastian Inlet Bridge Dedication on Saturday, February 27, 1965, honoring Robert W. Graves. The festivities included a color guard, motorcade, watercade, aircade and barbecue. The brochure states that, "The Committee, on behalf of the citizens of Brevard and Indian River counties, expresses sincere appreciation to the public officials and community leaders who made this beautiful bridge a reality. The committee further expresses appreciation to those whose financial assistance made this dedication and barbecue possible." The Honorable Merrill P. Barber, State Senator, Indian River County and the Honorable James J. Pruitt, Florida Representative, Brevard County and many other public officials were in attendance. Music was provided by Satellite Beach and Vero Beach high schools.
This brochure commemorates the Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area Dedication on October 25, 1982. The program consisted of an invocation by Reverend John Hopkins of the Chapel By-the-Sea, the Pledge of Allegiance led by Mr. Ney Landrum, director of the Division of Recreation and Parks (state of Florida) and a welcome by Dr. Elton J. Gissendanner, executive director of the Department of Natural Resources. Also present were Senator John W. Vogt, Representative R. Dale Patchett and the Honorable George Firestone. Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area would later be known as Sebastian Inlet State Park.