Wellington was originally the world’s largest strawberry patch on land called the Flying Cow Ranch because the founder was an aviator. “Cow” stood for the founder’s initials, Charles Oliver Wellington. In the 1950s, Mr. Wellington bought 18,000 acres of central Palm Beach County swampland, which would eventually become the Village of Wellington. Wellington began as a planned unit development approved by Palm Beach County in 1972. It functioned as a sprawling bedroom community with few shopping centers or restaurants until it was incorporated in December, 1995. It has now become known as an international center for equestrian sports.