Byrd Spilman Dewey in 1901 at age 45. Her bestselling book Bruno was published two years prior, and her and Fred had gone to Daytona to stay at Schmidt's Villa. We know she had blue eyes, which she noted in a letter. Our color is imagined, but is our best artistic impression of how she looked. A very beautiful woman! ... See more
Welcome to the Boynton Beach Historical Society's 2017-2018 Season Opener! See you Mon Sep 18 @6:30p Boynton Beach City Library. Welcome Ted Winsberg, former owner of Green Cay Wetlands, and Nancy Roe, Green Cay Produce, who will present: An Abridged History of Agriculture in the Boynton Beach Area: A Farmer's Perspective The program begins with how and why Palm Beach County became one of the country's most important agricultural production areas. We will hear about the changes in commercial vegetable production in Boynton Beach and surrounding communities, especially from the 1950’s to date. The prospects for keeping agricultural production in this area will also be discussed. ALL PROGRAMS OF THE BOYNTON BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. JOIN US! ... See more
Join The Boynton Beach Historical Society for a FREE presentation on Monday, Sep 18, 2017 at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 S. Seacrest Blvd, Meet & Greet 6:30 p.m. Program 7:00-8:00 p.m. “An Abridged History of Agriculture in the Boynton Beach Area: A Farmer's Perspective” by Ted Winsberg, Green Cay Wetlands, and Nancy Roe, Green Cay Produce The program begins with how and why Palm Beach County became one of the country's most important agricultural production areas. We will hear about the changes in commercial vegetable production in Boynton Beach and surrounding communities, especially from the 1950’s to date. The prospects for keeping agricultural production in this area will also be addressed. ... See more
Join The Boynton Beach Historical Society for a FREE presentation on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at the Boynton Beach City Library, 208 So Seacrest Blvd, Meet & Greet 6:30 p.m. Program 7:00-8:00 p.m. “An Abridged History of Agriculture in the Boynton Beach Area: A Farmer's Perspective” by Ted Winsberg, Green Cay Wetlands, and Nancy Roe, Green Cay Produce The program begins with how and why Palm Beach County became one of the country's most important agricultural production areas. We will hear about the changes in commercial vegetable production in Boynton Beach and surrounding communities, especially from the 1950’s to date. The prospects for keeping agricultural production in this area will also be addressed. ... See more
This exceptional image of Fred Sidney Dewey and Byrd Spilman Dewey was found in a handsome leatherbound album in the Dewey family collection. Fred, a Civil War veteran and cousin to Admiral George Dewey, served as one of Dade County's earliest tax assessors and tax collectors. He and his wife Byrd Spilman Dewey, a Florida authoress and environmentalist who is a finalist for the 2017 Florida Women's Hall of Fame, founded and platted the Town of Boynton in 1898. ... See more
I present to you Frederick Sidney Dewey and Byrd Spilman Dewey, ca. 1885, taken in Jacksonville. This was just before they began their trek to Palm Beach! This never before published photo is from the Dewey Family archives. ... See more
Charlie Pierce's biography PIoneer Life in Southeast Florida (edited by Donald Curl) is online as a downloadable PDF. Read about one of Boynton's first families and his life in the remote outpost we call Palm Beach County in the 1870s-1880s: http://www.latinamericanstudies.org/florida/Pioneer_Life_in_Southeast_Florida.pdf ... See more
In 2007, we worked with a local Boy Scout on his Eagle Scout project we called "Scouting Through Time." Does anyone has a copy of this history project?
Digital music, yearbooks, photos, newspapers and oral histories are some of the wonderful historic resources hosted on The Internet Archives. Search Palm Beach to find thousands of local items.
The Internet Archive is awesome!
Here's a link to Florida's online digital newspaper collections: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/newspapers
The Florida Digital Newspaper Library exists to provide access to the news and history of Florida. All of the over 2 million pages of historic through current Florida newspapers in the Florida Digital Newspaper Library are openly and freely available with zoomable page images and full text. The Flor... ... See more
8th grade junior high graduation class (May, 1955) submitted by Boynton Beach Historical Society member Betty Miner LaBella.
Teenage Vandals Enter 3 Schools (The Palm Beach Post 20 May 1955).
We had a nice email from a woman who sent us these yearbook scans of "pioneer daughter" Margaret Garnett Harris, daughter of Barefoot Mailman Andrew Garnett. She was impressed with Margaret's athleticism and tracked us down. Below is part of her email. My great-grandmother attended Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia. I recently found her 1930 yearbook and became very curious about a graduating senior- Miss Margaret Aileen Garnett. She had an impressive list of accomplishments and there were some gorgeous pictures of her. ... See more
When a town starts, a hardware store was a need just as much as it is today! Austin Hardware was the first, and Orchard Supply on Congress is the new kid in town.
150 years ago!
Floridian farmers were cultivating pineapples before Hawaii was even a U.S. territory!
1963 Boynton Beach FL Paul & Lynette Muni Took Many Hikes in Area Press Photo (available on eBay). http://www.ebay.com/itm/1963-Boynton-Beach-FL-Paul-Lynette-Muni-Took-Many-Hikes-in-Area-Press-Photo-/272761433809?hash=item3f81d92ed1:g:obkAAOSwEH9ZZ97M ... See more
Here's a nice feature about Mr. Roy Simon, member of a longtime local Boynton/Delray family. "According to Roy and Ernie Simon their father built the first department store in Boynton Beach. But the three-story building was destroyed in the hurricane of 1928 and the inventory and building were decimated. Not one to dwell on misfortune their father, Alexander, started a cooperative with farmers, who were abundant in Boca, Boynton and Delray, selling, packing and shipping produce. Their father, a consummate overachiever, continued to farm on the 24 acres of land he bought in Boca Raton along US-1." https://delraynewspaper.com/roy-simon-delray-beach-pioneer-24475 ... See more
By: Diane Feen Contributing Writer Very few people remember when Delray Beach had a Western Union, a Southern Bell and a Piggly Wiggly on Atlantic Avenue. Fewer know that Linton Avenue was named after Mr. Linton who purchased 184 acres of land from Colonial Gleason in 1889. But Roy Simon does. The r... ... See more
Exhibit on tour: Now at the Boynton Beach City Library. http://www.palmango.com/cocoanut-dreams/
Cocoanut Dreams The images in this photography exhibit depict the lush tropical wilderness and romantic “cocoanut” groves that were once in the present day Ocean Ridge, Manalapan, Hypoluxo Island, Lantana, and Lake Worth. Photographs include the wide, deserted beach, the Intracoastal Waterway with l... ... See more
Found this 1700 Florida map in a 1934 book.
This 1920s or earlier era map depicts the Florida towns and settlements below Lake Okeechobee.
The former Ruth Jones Cottage is no longer a "Little House." The building is slated to reopen soon as a tapas restaurant.
Seeking Boynton Library stories/memories and photographs for a new county-wide book.
Snider’s Restaurant on U.S. 1 featured American and Italian cuisine. According to newspaper accounts, the eatery was a popular place for civic groups to old club lunch meetings. In the 1950s the Boynton Rotary Club meet there on a regular basis. The cost of a a dinner ranged from $1.50 to $4.50 and kids ate for half the price. ... See more
This story from 1933 seems a bit hokey - a Stradivarius in Boynton? Owned by a man from Georgia? Perhaps an insurance claim followed!
Join our friends from the Spady Cultural Heritage Museum on August 20th for a family genealogy workshop.
This is one of the many thousand of historical photographs curated by our friends at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County. The Boynton aerial photo is looking east at Boynton Inlet Cottages on U.S. 1 over Lake Worth to the Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean. 2000/030(5) Samuel R. Quincey Collection ... See more
Summer fun! (July 15, 1955, PBP)
Anybody have any ideas as to what this, what I suspect to be a ribbon attachment device, is referring to? Member Boynton Camp No. 46 Boynton Fla. I can tell you that Boynton Beach hasn't been called just plain "Boynton" since around 1941. So this piece pre dates that. ... See more
Ocean Avenue school - nearly a century old.
Ode to Doc Weems - 90 years ago Boynton's first doctor arrived from Alabama and practiced general medicine for many decades. He delivered thousands of Boynton babies, set many broken bones, healed and brought comfort to the sick, and served as a community leader. He himself described his arrival,”I came to Boynton in 1925, driving a model-T Ford. There were about 1,500 people here—one bank, a newspaper, no doctor—I was the first. The real estate boom was on. Lots were selling from $1,500 to $3,000 apiece.” As he was becomlng established, two hurricanes hit South Florida. The 1926 storm devastated Miami, while the one in 1928 nearly washed away Palm Beach County. His office was flattened and everything in it ruined. After the second storm the economic bubble burst and most banks in the area went out of business. He got only 10% on the dollar for his savings. Many people moved away from the area permanently. But the Weems family remained. Nat performed a full range of treatments—he set bones, prescribed for and tended patients with a variety of fevers, aches, sprains, cujts, lacerations, burns, and other ills. Boynton had no hospital and the nearest was Good Samaritan in West Palm Beach. Residents from the time recall seeing Dr. Weems driving back and forth to that hospital and calling on sick patients at their homes at all hours of the day and night. In 1935 he established the Weems Clinic. During his many years of service he never refused help to a patient whether they could pay for it or not. He himself estimated that he had delivered 7,500 babies. Read more about Doc Weems in The Historian. http://www.boyntonhistory.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/historian_2012_nov.pdf ... See more
Today on History Speaks, we hear from another northerner with big dreams shattered by extreme weather - but not a hurricane! Take a listen...
Fish Haven at the South Lake Worth (Boynton) Inlet.
Time for a history fix.
Aerial photo of Ward Miller's Shore Acres Dairy (now Briny Breezes).
Even in 1936, West Palm Beach and Palm Beach were happening places. Boyntonites would travel to "the city" to shop and to see the sights.
Congratulations to the City of Boynton Beach on the new updates to their 1990 water tower.
The largest release of digital records in history!
1947 cat 5 hurricane Briny Breezes
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