Although it is officially listed as a census designated place, Brewster is considered a ghost town by most people and accounts. The village was founded in 1910 and flourished from phosphate mining for decades. It had its own schools, movie theater, medical clinic, post office, and even a public swimming pool. It was a company town for American Cyanamid, and the village was officially closed down by the company in 1962. The deed to the town was turned over to the state of Florida in retribution for the extreme damage that the company had caused to the area. Most of the village was demolished, but a few abandoned buildings remain, including a smokestack which serves as a landmark.