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DeLand in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Circa 1885

 
 
Circa 1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
1. Circa 1885 Marker
Inscription. In 1883 two young boys, Samuel Jordan and Wylie Swift, built a circular skating rink in a tent on this corner. It was a popular entertainment site when DeLand was little more than a pioneer village. Around 1885 this brick building was erected to house a confectionery shop. In 1940 it became the V.W. Gould Agency, Inc. Its founder, V. Ward Gould, Sr., was a lad of 15 when he moved to DeLand in 1885 with his parents. An entrepreneur of the first rank, he began his first real estate agency in 1907 on W. Indiana Ave where he ushered clients around in a one cylinder, hand-cranked Cadillac. Gould also was a gifted writer who left behind a valuable record of DeLand's early history.
 
Erected by the West Volusia Historical Society.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Florida, West Volusia Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 29° 1.8′ N, 81° 18.204′ W. Marker is in DeLand, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is at the intersection of North Woodland Boulevard (U.S. 17/92) and Rich Avenue, on the right when traveling north on North Woodland Boulevard. Click for map. The marker is mounted on the outside of the building, immediately to the left when facing the main doors. Marker is
Circa 1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
2. Circa 1885 Marker
Seen looking up the North Woodland Boulevard storefronts, the marker is mounted on the bricks along the right.
at or near this postal address: 201 North Woodland Boulevard, Deland FL 32724, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Opera House (a few steps from this marker); Early Grocery Stores (within shouting distance of this marker); First Public Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Movie House (about 300 feet away); The First Post Office (about 400 feet away); Landis-Fish Building (about 400 feet away); First Commercial Store (about 400 feet away); The Haven Block (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in DeLand.
 
Regarding Circa 1885. At the time of this page's submission to the database, the building is still home to the V. W. Gould Insurance Agency.
 
Also see . . .  "The Road to DeLand": V.W. Gould. More info and a photo of Mr. Gould (Submitted on August 18, 2011, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
Circa 1885 Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, August 1, 2011
3. Circa 1885 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 325 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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