FLOR500, Garden 431 Bertha Honoré Palmer, Socialite, Businesswoman (1849–1918) Bertha Honoré Palmer had homes in London, Paris, Newport and Chicago. When she arrived by train on the west coast of Florida in 1910, she fell in love with the area. She, her brother Adrian, and her two sons formed a company called the Sarasota-Venice Co. They bought tens of thousands of acres of land, and started cattle ranches and citrus groves. Palmer’s influence brought the railroad as far as Venice. She envisioned this area as the “Riviera of the American continent.”
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