Local Places to Visit
Historical Landmarks In Boynton Beach
The Andrews Home
306 S.E. First Avenue
The Andrews Home is the oldest house in Boynton Beach and has been restored to its original humble splendor. Among the early pioneer families in Boynton Beach were Mr. and Mrs. Bert L. Kapp who bought the property in 1900 and built this historic landmark in 1901. There were no building codes for construction back then, but the pioneer families constructed homes to last. The Kapp house was built using heavy timbers of now nearly extinct Dade County pine, and adjustable steel rods were ingeniously used throughout the attic for strength. As a result, this landmark home has survived every hurricane to hit Palm Beach County.
Originally constructed 50 feet to the west of the current location, it was moved onto a new foundation to allow its viewing from Ocean Avenue. Before the house was moved, the surrounding land was searched using a modern metal detector. Dozens of historical and interesting artifacts of early Boynton Beach were recovered. Old buckles, toys, broaches, jewelry, eating utensils, and even items of historical importance were miraculously discovered and are currently on display at the home.
Credit: Andrews Home and Bob Katz.
Boynton Woman's Club
1010 S. Federal Highway
The present Boynton Woman's Club, designed by famed architect Addison Mizner, was built in 1925-1926 for $50,000. The cornerstone was laid in 1932 and the building and property were dedicated to Major Nathan Smith Boynton, whose heirs had contributed $35,000 towards this lasting memorial to him. It housed the community's library until 1961 and continues to serve as a social and cultural center. It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Credit: Boynton Beach The First 100 years; produced by Boynton Beach Historical Society and Friends of the Boynton Beach City
Schoolhouse Children's Museum
129 East Ocean Avenue
Boynton Beach Elementary School, originally simply called Boynton School, was built in 1913. Constructed of sturdy concrete block, it contained two floors, six rooms and indoor plumbing. It was Boynton's only school for the next fourteen years. After a high school was complete in 1927, the 1913 schoolhouse became Boynton Elementary School. It operated until 1990, when it was no longer needed, and it was then used for special programs.
The former Boynton Beach Elementary School is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Today the Boynton Cultural Centre, Inc. partners with the City of Boynton Beach to operate the Schoolhouse Children's Museum. As a hands-on children's history museum, it has been visited by close to 100,000 children and their parents, teachers and grandparents since it opened in November 2001. Exhibits depicting South Florida's rich history provide visitors with a glimpse of the past while exploring, playing and learning.
Portions credited to: Boynton Beach The First 100 years; produced by Boynton Beach Historical Society and Friends of the
Boynton Beach City Library; 1995
Underwater Archaeological Preserve
3/4 of a mile north of the Boynton Inlet
The Lofthus is a vessel that wrecked off Manalapan in 1898. In 2003, the ship was dedicated and listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The historic site is a favorite among area divers.
The Lofthus was originally built in Sunderland, England and was launched under the name Cashmere in October of 1868. The vessel was used in the East Indian trade until sold to a Norwegian in 1897, renamed Lofthus, and transferred to the American trade. The Lofthus wrecked in February of 1898 while en route from Pensacola to Buenos Aires with a cargo of lumber. The crew was saved, but the vessel was a total loss.
The remains of the Lofthus are scattered over an 80 x 15 yard area with the vessel's bow to the northeast. Three main sections of wreckage protrude above the sandy bottom. Many species of tropical plants and fish now inhabit the twisted wreckage and spiny lobsters hide under deck plates.
The Lofthus is protected by Florida laws prohibiting unauthorized disturbance, excavation or removal of artifacts. If you visit, please keep the site intact for others.
Credit: Florida Department of State, Division of Historical Resources Bureau of Archaeological Research.
Areas of Interest In Boynton Beach
Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee
Wildlife Refuge (561) 732-3684
Boynton Woman's Club (561) 369-2300
Green Cay Wetlands (561) 966-7000
Mangrove Nature Park (561) 742-6225
Neighborhood Art Gallery of
Boynton Beach (561) 736-8181
Schoolhouse Children's Museum (561) 742-6780
Nearby & Minutes Away
Boca Raton Museum of Art (561) 392-2500
Children's Museum of Boca Raton (561) 368-6875
Discovery Cruise Line (305) 704-0900
Flagler Museum (561) 655-2833
Hibel Museum of Art & Gallery (561) 622-5560
Lion Country Safari (561) 793-1084
Air Boat/Tours (800) 683-5873
Morikami Museum (561) 495-0233
Moroso Motorsports Park (561) 622-1400
Mounts Botanical Garden (561) 233-1749
Norton Museum of Art (561) 832-5196
Palm Beach County Cult. Council (561) 471-2901
Palm Beach Kennel Club (561) 683-2222
Palm Beach Polo (561) 798-7000
Palm Beach Zoo (561) 547-WILD
Rapids Water Park (561) 842-8756
South Florida Science Museum (561) 832-1988
Yesteryear Village (561) 795-6400
Ballet Florida (561) 659-2000
Caldwell Theater Company (877) 245-7432
Crest Theatre at
Old School Square (561) 243-7922
The Cuillo Centre for the Arts (561) 835-9226
Delray Beach Playhouse (561) 272-1281
Duncan Theatre (561) 868-3309
Florida Atlantic University
Center Auditorium (561) 297-3737
Florida Stage (561) 585-3404
The Harriet Himmel
Gilman Theatre (561) 835-1408
Improv Comedy Club (561) 833-1812
Lake Worth Playhouse (561) 586-6410
Little Palm Family Theater (561) 394-0206
The Kravis Center for
Performing Arts (561) 832-7469
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