In the 17th century, the Capitão region – after which the bordering river is named – was rich in sugar cane and Pedra do Sabiá farm had a mill for sugar production. Even today we can still witness the remains of such activity. The water reservoir, that used to power the mill, was transformed into a beautiful lake in the middle of the forest.
In the last century, cocoa culture was introduced in the lowest areas of the farm, thus preserving the Atlantic Forest.
The Pedra do Sabiá Private Reserve of Natural Heritage (PRNH) was established in 2003 and is open for tours and environmental education.
In 2008 the Rosa dos Ventos NGO developed the program “Nature Care” in partnership with the neighboring communities, in order to revive and spread the knowledge about medicinal plants, agroecology, and agroforestry.
Since 2007 Pedra do Sabiá welcomes guests and promotes retreats and workshops.