There's a mystique that remains unique to the Seminole Country Inn as its pleasant surroundings bring back a sense of an Old Florida that only a special few get to experience. A charmingly restored inn located in Indiantown, Florida, in the heart of Florida's cattle and citrus country.
Settled by the Seminole 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 Wars. 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. His niece Wallis Warfield Simpson, later the Duchess of Windsor, was its most famous guest. On May 31, 2006, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, the Inn retains much of the feel and look of the past, including the large colorful murals along the hallways depicting life in the "old Florida" of the Seminole people. The twilight grandeur of the "Old South" is captured as you enter through grand double French doors into the main lobby. Adorned with its open fireplace graciously framed with winding staircases to the sitting room above, the nostalgia of an era gone by sweeps over visitors. A glance through the area reveals the original solid brass wall fixtures and bronze chandeliers molded to the crest of royalty. The pecky 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 with words.
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