Conceived in the late 1960s, Wellington was the largest single development ever approved by Palm Beach County when the core of the community was approved in 1972. Most of the 1970s saw the redevelopment of what was once the largest strawberry patch in the United States from the "Flying Cow Ranch" owned by Boston financial tycoon C. Oliver Wellington into the infrastructure of a community now home to tens of thousands - from the huge Lake Wellington to the ultra-exclusive Palm Beach Polo Country Club.
In the 1980s, Wellington began to gain its reputation as the winter home of North America's equestrian elite. To this day, the sprawling southern half of the community, which sits on the cusp of the Everglades, remains an Equestrian Preserve Area, the first and only of its kind in Florida, established with the aim of keeping the equestrian community in Wellington for generations to come. Two decades later, Wellington's equestrian community is still growing. A huge new state-of-the-art polo facility opened just a few years ago and the National Horse Show Association decided in 2003 to relocate the 120-year-old National Horse Show - show jumping's season-ending crown jewel - to the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club right in the heart of Wellington.
While Wellington's national claim to fame may be horses and equestrian estates, the community is so much more. It is a family friendly community which is home to many of Palm Beach County's business leaders, teachers, and other professionals living in gorgeous suburban homes in communities such as Greenview Shores, Pinewood, and Olympia. Wellington is also home to exquisite golf course communities and unique neighborhoods such as the Aero Club, where the main thoroughfare doubles as a runway for dozens of private plane owners, and Palm Beach Point, a private exclusive community filled with hidden mansions.