Although the Jupiter area has been on maps since the 1770's, the town was not officially incorporated and named until 1925. The site of a famous battle in the 1880's Seminole Indian Wars, over the last three centuries an interesting assortment of colorful characters have inhabited the shores, islands and inland forests of the Jupiter/Tequesta - Treasure Coast region.
From the 1699 shipwreck of Jonathan Dickinson, to the legend of the Barefoot Mailman and the more recent eccentric, Trapper Nelson, the Jupiter area is rich in the lore and history of southern Florida's earliest days. History buffs will delight in visiting the rustic museums and exploring the impeccably maintained 100-year old structures that dot the countryside in and around the Jupiter/Tequesta area.
Today's Jupiter, a proud and growing little town of between 35,000 (off season) and 60,000 (in season) friendly residents and less than 16 square miles of incorporated land area, offers the type of easy-going, get-to-know-your-neighbor lifestyle that once was the hallmark of Florida hospitality in its more southern cities. However, rather than the crowded expressways that seemingly lace southernmost Florida's sky-scraping glass towers together into a dazzling mosaic depicting 21st century business and industry, Jupiter's part of Florida has prospered and flourished unscathed by the metropolitan sprawl so prevalent to the south.