Our Storied History
We're only thirty miles northwest of Palm Beach, but in spirit and setting we're light years away! You'll find Indiantown still "as it used to be", a one-street cattle town in the heart of citrus country ... with a marina connecting east to west coasts of Florida.
Settled by the Seminole Indians early in the nineteenth century, the dry lands of the area offered ideal hunting and camping grounds. Indiantown is just fourteen miles south of the site of the last battle of the Seminole War, the last major Indian engagement east of the Mississippi. White settlers followed in the 1890's and during World War I the Corps of Engineers dug the St. Lucie Canal, running from Lake Okeechobee through the town to the east coast.
But it was not until the arrival of Baltimore banker S. Davies Warfield in the 1920's that Indiantown was put on the map.
Warfield planned to make Indiantown the southern headquarters of his Seaboard Airline Railroad (now known as Seaboard Coastline), then stretching from Central Florida to West Palm Beach. He planned Indiantown as a "model city" and laid out streets, built a school and constructed houses along with a railroad station. He also built the Seminole Inn, which he envisioned as a focal point for his newly created community.
Wallis Warfield, his niece, who later became the Duchess of Windsor, often served as hostess at the Inn as well as presiding over the gala opening. She and the Duke of Windsor later visited the Inn several times.
The twilight grandeur of the "Old South" is captured as you enter through grand double French doors into the main lobby. An open fireplace is graciously framed on either side by winding staircases to the sitting room above lending the nostalgia of an era gone by. A glance through the Inn reveals the original solid brass wall fixtures and bronze chandeliers molded to the crest of royalty. The pesky cypress ceiling and hardwood floors which Mr. Warfield specified in the original plans highlight the room with a grace and style which cannot be described ... this is a place to be visited!
There's a mystique that remains unique to the Seminole Inn as its pleasant surroundings bring back a sense of an Old Florida that simply must be experienced. Come stay with us and enjoy this history first-hand!