Lake Worth is a lovely town bordering West Palm Beach and only an hour or so away from Miami. The town is named after the Lake Worth Lagoon, which feeds into the Atlantic Ocean.
The First people to settle in what is now Lake Wroth were Samuel and Frannie James, they were granted land under the Homestead Act of 1885, living and working on the over 300 acres until the land was sold to the Palm Beach Farms Company in 1910.
When Henry Flagler brought his rail road line through the area, the town began to grow quickly. It was incorporated as the Town of Lake worth in June, 1913. In those days most of the full-time residents were farmers. For a time, it also became a tourist destination and that’s probably when many of the now famous Lake Worth Cottages were built.
The town itself was in recent years it has gone through quite the revitalization,with new shops and restaurants being established in the downtown area. Lake Worth is also home to sweet cottages built in the 1900s. Today there are tours that take you through several different districts of Lake Worth and you can see the vibrant colors and even tour some of these quaint and lovely cottages. I found an interesting article in the Sun Sentinel by Joanie Cox-Henry which is an interesting read for anyone considering a trip to Lake Worth:
” When Roger Hendrix moved to South Florida in 2008, he was surprised to see no one promoting the historic Key West-style cottages built from the 1900s through the ’40s in Lake Worth.
“I couldn’t find anyone to do it, so I decided to do it myself,” Hendrix said of the 10-plus cottages in the Downtown Jewel and Mango Groves neighborhoods, which are now part of the Inside the Cottages of Lake Worth Tour Jan. 24.
While there are more than 1,000 cottages throughout the city, Hendrix said there is a concentration in the Downtown Jewel and Mango Groves areas.
“The Cottages are unique to South Florida, representing part of the historic development of this area,” said Teresa Miller, who is also promoting the tour. “The broad range of architectural styles are enchanting and give us a direct link to our past. In an era of super-sized homes where everything tends to look the same, owners of the cottages are living large in small spaces and expressing their very individuality.
Miller teamed up with Hendrix to put together the tour, which will take people inside these whimsical homes.
“We had several fundraisers, such as wine and cheese parties at private homes to raise money for the tour,” Hendrix said. “We have about 13 cottages right now. Some have hardwood floors and original doors and accents while others have been totally redone. Besides the beach, these cute cottages are really Lake Worth’s biggest asset.”
Hendrix hopes the tour attracts more potential buyers to the area to purchase cottages and make them their own. “I love all the vivid colors many of these cottages have been painted,” he said.
Delray Beach resident Anna Jensen is enthusiastic about seeing the cottages. “I’m amazed I’ve lived here for most of my life and haven’t taken the drive to Lake Worth to see these cottages yet,” she said. “I’m going to definitely have to check it out.” Several people Hendrix has talked to about the cottages found them by accident on vacation.
“A few people I spoke with were vacationing here and drove down J Street and discovered the cottages by chance,” he said. “It inspired them to move here.”
While locals and tourists alike can learn about the history behind these cottages on the tour, Miller said she hopes it will encourage people to experience the hidden beauty of Lake Worth.
“There are art galleries and many events such as Evenings on the Avenue, Bonfires on the Beach, Street Painting, July Fourth community participant raft race; the list goes on and on,” Miller said.
I am holding an open house tomorrow at Open House On Sunday, from 12 – 3 pm, come by and see this beautiful home, and then if you have time take a tour of the lovely Lake Worth Cottages
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