Lantana Historical Society
2012 - 2013 Officers:
President - Rosemary Mouring
Vice President - Mary Smith
Treasurer - Jack Carpenter
Recording Secretary -Victoria Spurlin
Membership Chairman - James Hugo Spiralis
Town Council Representative - Tom Deringer
Spiritual Advisor: Father David Kennedy
Join us at 7:00 P.M., every second Thursday of each month,
from September through May, The Church of the Guardian Angels
Cardinal Lane, Lantana (Parish Hall)
For volunteer work and other information, contact
Jack Carpenter at (561) 386-6600
The Lantana Historical Society is a
tax-exempt 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.
The mission of the Lantana Historical Society is to preserve
Lantana's rich history and traditions for generations to cherish.
Lantana is considered one of the oldest towns in Palm Beach County. The first settlers came after Congress passed the Armed Occupation Act in 1842 at the end of the Seminole Wars. The Lyman family, one of the first settlers, is considered to be Lantana's founding family. Circa 1887, Mr. Morris Kennedy Lyman, Sr. built his home and settled in what is now called Lantana.
Morris Benson Lyman, with his wife Mary and their two sons, made this area their permanent home on September 22, 1888 and established a store, including an Indian Trading Post, on Lyman Point. Mr. M.B. Lyman was the first postmaster and was asked to name it. He chose the name Lantana Point, because of the wild Lantana Plant that grew so profusely. Later the "Point" was dropped from the name.
The town was incorporated in 1921 with 22 residents voting in the first election