Learn more about the best kept secret of Palm Beach County’s history – chronicled in the book Pioneering Palm Beach – The Deweys and the South Florida Frontier, by Ginger L. Pedersen and Janet M. DeVries, published by The History Press. The book tells the intriguing story of Fred S. Dewey and Byrd Spilman Dewey, who arrived in 1886 and homesteaded land along Lake Mangonia and later moved to the shores of Lake Worth. Fred worked in various bookkeeping, carpentry and sales jobs, while Birdie was Palm Beach County’s first author-in-residence, penning the 1899 best-seller Bruno, the story of the Dewey’s dog during their initial pioneering in Central Florida. The Deweys also bought and sold vast tracts of land across South Florida. The book follows the Deweys from their childhood days through their sixty years in Florida.
“A land of romance, fanned by mysterious spice-laden breezes…” -Byrd Spilman Dewey, 1909
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