An Interesting Look at the Fabulous History of Wilton Manors

An Interesting Look at the Fabulous History of Wilton Manors

Our premier bed and breakfast is located in the heart of Wilton Manors, a lovely city known for its lively LGBT community. Known as one of the “gayest cities in America” as well as the most fabulous “gayborhood,” Wilton Manors is a unique city with so much to offer.

Wilton Manors is located in Broward County, Florida. In 2010, 11,632 people called Wilton Manors home. The city is a part of the larger Miami metropolitan area.

Once upon a time, back in the early twentieth century to be more exact, Wilton Manors was humbly known as Colohatchee. It wasn’t until 1925 that a land developer from Georgia named Ned Willingham coined the name ‘Wilton Manors.’ The city was incorporated in 1947.

The “Second Gayest City in America” – & Proud of It!

With a rich LGBT history, a noteworthy LGBT+ population now thrive here. In fact, it is the second city in the nation in terms of percentage of gay couples who reside there. Plus, it’s a popular tourist destination for LGBTs. For one, there are countless gay-owned businesses, bars, and nightclubs lining Wilton Drive.

There is a large Pride Center, as well as the World AIDS Museum and Educational Center. Our city web page even features a link to LGBT+ life. In November 2018, the city became the first in Florida (and the second in the US) to have an all-LGBT+ governing body.

Worth mentioning, the South Florida Gay News named Wilton Manors the Best City as part of its “Best of Competition.”

In 2000, people began gathering in Wilton Manors to celebrate the efforts of so many people who fought for gay rights and to end discrimination. Today, this tradition remains strong. The Stonewall Pride Wilton Manors event occurs every June right on Wilton Drive, attracting over 15,000 people.

The festival is in honor of the Stonewall Riots, a collection of violent demonstrations that were staged by the gay community in New York City on June 27, 1969. They were held in protest of the violence and harassment the Police Department was inflicting on the gay community.

On February 14, 2015, Valentine’s Day, the city celebrated the recent legalization of same-sex marriage by hosting the “WE DO!” mass-wedding ceremony at Wilton Manors City Hall. At the ceremony, a total of 37 couples said, “I Do,” many of whom had been waiting for decades to make their loving partnership official.

Wilton Drive

Serving as the city’s arts and entertainment district, Wilton Drive is a lively place with so much to do. Yet, back in the day it was a quiet street with little to do. It was in the late 1990s that the now thriving city center underwent an economic transformation.

The Splendors of Nature

Part of our city’s special appeal has to do with all of the beautiful nature that surrounds. Noteworthy facilities include Hagen park, Richardson Historic Park and Nature Preserve, and Island City Park Preserve. Donn Eisele Park, Snook Creek Park and Boat Ramp, and Colohatchee Park are a few others.

Diversity is Not Tolerated, It’s Embraced

In Wilton Manors, diversity is what makes the world go ‘round. It doesn’t matter what you look like, who you love, or how you present yourself to the world – all that matters is that you are a kind person who embraces your authentic self. 

Inn on the Drive is an adult only bed and breakfast located in the heart of Wilton Manor, right on Wilton Drive. Enjoy true peace and tranquility resting by the private pool or lounging around our lush property. When you’re ready for more excitement, you are steps away from all that Wilton Drive has to offer, including over 40 restaurants, lounges, and nightclubs.