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Our HistoryStory of The BenDiscover The Ben

The former Ben Trovato Estate reimagined

The Ben is calm, cool and collected rather than formal. Inspired by Byrd Spilman Dewey’s Ben Trovato Estate, one of Palm Beach County’s original great homes, The Ben will bring to West Palm Beach what its namesake is known for – being a notorious host and social facilitator. As a central gathering spot for both locals and the modern traveler, located a block from Clematis Street and Flagler Drive overlooking the Palm Harbor Marina, The Ben will be a gateway for an unconventional hotel experience that, much like the Ben Trovato, will tell a “well invented” tale – weaving a web of stories for guests to make their own.

Photograph of Byrd Spilman Dewey and Fred S. Dewey, taken in Jacksonville, Florida in 1907 with dog Van.

Meet The Dewey Family

Byrd Spilman Dewey and Frederick Sidney Dewey were among the first pioneers in the Palm Beaches, arriving in 1887. Coming to such an untamed paradise was something the Deweys craved. Fred worked in Palm Beach, keeping accounts for the local storekeepers and serving as tax collector. Byrd Spilman Dewey tended house and was a columnist for The Tropical Sun, the area’s first newspaper, and wrote books about their Florida adventures. Together they created the grand estate Ben Trovato, nestled on the shore of the Lake Worth Lagoon.

Photograph of Byrd Spilman Dewey with her cat Billie, c. 1918

Byrd Spilman Dewey

Hailing from Kentucky, Byrd Spilman Dewey’s many talents brought her fame – as a columnist, author, land investor and bon vivant known throughout society as a superb hostess, demonstrating her charming hospitality at Ben Trovato. She wrote often of her pioneering days in a paradise that the world was just discovering. Her love of West Palm Beach and South Florida, her home for more than 30 years, is captured in her writings through their everlasting legacy in telling her story.

Often we reviewed all the circumstances—the paths revealed one step at a time—with many surprising turns and ambushes—that had led us to Ben Trovato, this haven of peace & reposeful delight.

Byrd Spilman Dewey, from The Blessed Isle

Injecting a new energy into downtown West Palm Beach.

“Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato”