Old Fort Park marks the approximate site of the original Army
post known as Fort Pierce, but it also contains the remains,
including gravesites, of an ancient Ais Indian civilization
A view of the Indian River from Old Fort Park, where a freshwater stream runs into the river. The stream was probably one of the reasons an Army detachment
built a fort at the site during the Second Seminole War in 1838. In the centuries before, the site was favored by the Ais Indians as a seasonal encampment
rich with oysters and other shellfish, their main diet.