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Saturday, September 26, 2015. 10:00 a.m. – 1913 Schoolhouse History Stroll

Date: Saturday, September 26, 2015

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Place: 1913 Schoolhouse, Boynton Beach

Meet at Schoolhouse Children’s Museum, 129 E. Ocean Avenue, 33435

Program: Narrated guided tour of the 1913 Boynton School

Presenter: Janet DeVries and Ginger Pedersen

Cost: Free and open to the public

Participants are encouraged to register in advance as space is limited.

Saturday, September 26, 2015. 10:00 a.m. – 1913 Schoolhouse History Stroll: Join the Boynton Beach

Historical Society & Friends for a guided tour of the 1913 masonry vernacular Boynton School

designed by William Maughlin. The school, listed in the National Register of Historic Places,

operates as the Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center. Historians Janet DeVries &

Ginger Pedersen will guide this exclusive tour and share information about the history of Boynton

Beach. Meet Hannibal Pierce, keeper of the Jupiter Lighthouse, learn about Boynton’s rich

agricultural history and Boynton’s namesake, Maj. Nathan Boynton. Explore early transportation

and mail delivery and learn about the early shipwrecks and many other fun local history facts.

Admission to this event and the tour is free, however donations to the museum are encouraged.

Meet on the steps of the school at 129 East Ocean Avenue. Tour begins promptly at 10:00 am. (60 minutes)

Register for 1913 Schoolhouse Tour:


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All tours are free and open to the public; donations accepted.

For more information please call 561-327-4690



Janet DeVries 561-327-4690

Unveiling Planned Tuesday for New South Lake Worth Inlet Historical Marker

For immediate release: February 12, 2014   Contact: Debbie Thatcher, 561/966-6649

On Tuesday, February 18, at 9 a.m.,  Palm Beach County officials and representatives of the Boynton Beach Historical  Society will unveil a new historical marker in Ocean Inlet Park, 6990 N. Ocean  Boulevard, in Ocean Ridge. The marker chronicles the history of the South Lake  Worth Inlet (often referenced locally as the “Boynton Inlet”).

The South Lake Worth Inlet  Historical Marker was initiated and funded by the late Robert H. Neff, an  extraordinary citizen who encouraged historical societies to chronicle local  historic places and apply to have them designated as Florida landmarks.

The South Lake Worth Inlet was  constructed between 1925 and 1927 to improve water quality and circulation  between the south end of Lake Worth and the Atlantic Ocean. It opened on March  16, 1927. Although not originally designed for navigation, the South Lake Worth  Inlet is now a frequently used passage for fishing and pleasure boats, and  other small craft.

Palm Beach County purchased  adjacent property in 1974 to construct Ocean Inlet Park. Opened in 1988, the  park and the surrounding area have become a popular fishing, swimming, and  sight-seeing destination for visitors and locals, as well as a favorite location  for family picnics, birthdays, graduation parties, and other celebrations.

Among the dignitaries present for  the unveiling will be District 4 County Commissioner Steven L. Abrams, Janet  DeVries, president of the Boynton Beach Historical Society, and members of the  Neff family.

Descendants of Captain Walter  “Pop” Lyman, who captained one of the first boats to navigate through the  inlet, will also be in attendance. Model T cars on display by members of the  Sunny T’s of South Florida Car Club and music by the Sunsation Quartet will  help create a 1920s atmosphere for the celebration.

For more information about the  parks and leisure services available through the Palm Beach County Parks and  Recreation Department, please visit


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