Lake Worth is a coastal city of 37,000 residents and 7 square miles, located in Palm Beach County, Florida. The Atlantic Ocean and the broad waters of the Lake Worth Lagoon form the city's east boundary and the beautiful fresh waters of Lake Osborne its west. Lake Worth is truly the place “where the tropics begin” and the fun never ends, demarked by its literal latitudinal position. Lake Worth is a dynamic, multi-cultural city with a strong social and environmental consciousness. People are drawn to the city by its independent character, acceptance of different cultures and lifestyles, many historic structures, hip downtown area, and distinctive residential neighborhoods. The city has a rich history and is protective of its historic architectural fabric. Over 1,000 historic buildings contribute to the humanistic element and charm of the downtown and residential areas. The city is the geographic and artistic center of Palm Beach County. The downtown region is considered the artistic soul of Lake Worth, with a historic theater and museum, live music clubs, coffee houses, art galleries, antique malls, retail stores, and many restaurants. The city, also, is home to over 1,000 historic cottages. It's the largest concentration of cottages anywhere in Florida. Located adjacent to the downtown Lake Worth area, the city’s quaint cottages are painted in whimsical pastels and draped by a beautiful canopy of trees. City of Lake Worth volunteers have formed a Cottages of Lake Worth committee to promote these unique cottages with the goal of encouraging tourism and maintaining improvement of the properties. From the world’s largest street painting festival to weekly concerts in the Cultural Plaza, there are many unique and exciting events all year long. Collaborating with community partners, there is something for everyone. In addition to a vibrant historic downtown district, lively arts scene, and beautiful Atlantic Ocean beachfront, the city of Lake Worth - in partnership with several non-profit organizations - produces annual special events attracting visitors to the area. The Lake Worth Historical Museum preserves the history and culture of Lake Worth by collecting, organizing and exhibiting artifacts, books, photographs, and other materials which record the development of Lake Worth and the cultural history of the immediately surrounding area. Exhibits range from the very large, such as the switchboard from a hotel, to the much smaller, a collection of cameras and medical instruments. Display cases maintained by local Polish, Finnish and Lithuanian groups are highlights of the heritage exhibits. The area that is now referred to as Lake Worth was settled a few years after Congress passed the Homestead Act of 1862. In 1896 Henry Flagler extended his rail line south from West Palm Beach, making Lake Worth much more accessible for new settlers. Much of present-day Lake Worth was once owned by Samuel and Fannie James, two former slaves. While the James' where in possession of the property, the future town site was referred to as Jewel. Come and see Lake Worth for yourself!