In 1912, Charles C. Chillingworth and his Palm Beach County Land Company (at the time the area was part of Palm Beach County) bought property from original owner George Beckwith and advertised the land throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Pineapples, oranges and grapefruit were grown at a "Demonstration Farm" on present-day Martin Highway to show farmers what they could expect if they settled in the newly named Palm City. Chillingworth provided boats, mule-teams and covered wagons (later replaced by a Model T Ford) to take the prospective clients around the undeveloped countryside.
An advertisement in the Palm Beach County newspaper boasted "Free dinner
on New Year’s Day for prospective buyers. A 10 acre tract for $50 per
acre (to be raised to $60 the next day) with a free town lot in Palm
City to every purchaser and 85¢ for a round trip train ticket from West
Palm Beach to Stuart." The Palm City Farms offered by Mr.
Chillingworth’s Palm Beach Land Corporation were sold to many people
over the entire country, sight unseen.
City Chamber of Commerce currently owns and operates in the original
building known as The Palm Beach Land Company Real Estate Office.
Palm City is a peaceful community. Here, the golf and tennis are great
and the fishing is legendary. Fish abounds in the fertile waters of Palm
City . You can spend the day fishing from the docks or offshore for
snook as well as seatrout, kings, mackerel, grouper, snapper and wahoo.
If golf is your game, thirty-six holes of championship golf surround the
community, and you can also take advantage of several tennis courts and
Olympic sized pools. Horseback riding, bicycle riding, hiking and
nearby river access is also available. The West Palm Beach International
Airport is an easy 45-minute drive away, and two hours takes you to
Disney World and Sea World. Palm City offers a pristine environment
where you can escape the crowds and relax in the peace and quiet of
nature, with all the conveniences of home.