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Indulge Your Inner-Historian in the Palm Beaches

March 19, 2018

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We’ll be the first to tell you there’s much more to love than a luxury real estate in the Palm Beaches. Our local area has something for everyone, including history buffs. There are ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the past. Our community was built on the last large parcel of land owned by the MacArthur Foundation and has since retained every bit of the natural beauty that drew MacArthur here in the first place.

 

Of course, even more, is waiting to be explored outside our gates. Here are our top three must-visit historical spots.

1. The Flagler Museum

It goes without saying that we appreciate outstanding architecture here at Old Palm, so it’s only fitting that we start with the Whitehall. The magnificent residence was completed in 1902 as a wedding gift for Henry Morrison Flagler and his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan. Now, it’s 75 rooms are open to the public as The Flagler Museum. Each one is grander than the last, and once you've explored them it will serve as no surprise why the estate is a national historic landmark. Plus, the exhibits and guided tours shine a light on Palm Beach’s beginnings, including how the city got its name. If you want to find out, you’ll just have to pay the museum a visit.

 

2. Yesteryear Village at the South Florida Fairgrounds

Yesteryear Village is a treasure trove of historical artifacts, dating back as far as 1895. The entire village reflects life in Palm Beach County prior to 1940, with opportunities to interact with “town residents” and learn more about their stories. You’ll have the chance to explore 20 original and replicated buildings, including a one-room schoolhouse, a general store, a church, and a blacksmith shop. Plus, the village also features the Sally Bennett Big Band Hall of Fame Museum, which is the only big band museum in the nation.

 

3. Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum – Jupiter, Fla.

Just a short drive north is all it takes to enjoy one of the most beautiful historical landmarks in our area has to offer. The Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum features a 165-year-old lighthouse, designed and constructed by Army Lieutenant George Gordon Meade in 1853. The museum also offers plenty of opportunities to learn about Jupiter’s history, with exhibits showcasing the area’s native Americans, early pioneers, transportation history, and even its role in World War II. A trip here also promises phenomenal views. Take the 105 steps to the top of the lighthouse for jaw-dropping views of the water, or stay on the ground and enjoy the sights of the nature trail.

You may come to Old Palm in search of a luxury real estate in the Palm Beaches, but you’ll stay for the lifestyle. Trust us, these local attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. Contact our office today to schedule a tour of our community and learn more about all that Palm Beach Gardens has to offer.

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