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Historical Markers and War Memorials in DeLand, Florida

Clickable Map of Volusia County, Florida and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Volusia County, FL (408) Brevard County, FL (316) Flagler County, FL (68) Lake County, FL (55) Marion County, FL (200) Orange County, FL (207) Putnam County, FL (54) Seminole County, FL (148)  VolusiaCounty(408) Volusia County (408)  BrevardCounty(316) Brevard County (316)  FlaglerCounty(68) Flagler County (68)  LakeCounty(55) Lake County (55)  MarionCounty(200) Marion County (200)  OrangeCounty(207) Orange County (207)  PutnamCounty(54) Putnam County (54)  SeminoleCounty(148) Seminole County (148)
DeLand is the county seat for Volusia County
DeLand is in Volusia County
      Volusia County (408)  
      Brevard County (316)  
      Flagler County (68)  
      Lake County (55)  
      Marion County (200)  
      Orange County (207)  
      Putnam County (54)  
      Seminole County (148)  
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1Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Bartram Gardens & Trail — Volusia County Bartram Trail
Bartram Gardens & Trail at the Stetson Aquatic Center The grounds of the Stetson Aquatic Center commemorate the work of William Bartram (1739-1823), America's first native born naturalist. The site is part of the Bartram Trail that . . . Map (db m184636) HM
2Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Bartram in Volusia County — Volusia County Bartram Trail
Sites Bartram Visited in Volusia County These sites are locations visited by John and William Bartram along the St. Johns River and included in William's book, Travels. A site listed below with a blue heading is accessible by . . . Map (db m184721) HM
3Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Bartram's Birds — Volusia County Bartram Trail
Bartram Noticed Migration William Bartram was among the first naturalists to describe, name, or illustrate Florida birds, and one of the first to explain how migration works. He saw birds in Florida during the winter that he knew to . . . Map (db m184679) HM
4Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Bartram's Fish — Volusia County Bartram Trail
Fly Fishing for "Trout" The St. Johns River has long been associated with fishing. Bartram was probably the first to describe fly-fishing with a treble hook, deer fur, and feathers that he called "a bob." As he travelled up the St. . . . Map (db m184692) HM
5Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Bartram's Plants — Volusia County Bartram Trail
A Connection with Wild Nature William Bartram's Quaker upbringing held a view of nature as a reflection of God. Scientists continue to examine his accounts for their accurate descriptions of the Florida environment before the impact . . . Map (db m184693) HM
6Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Bell #8 — "The Eloise Chimes" — 1915 —
This bell was part of a set of 11 chimes originally designed for a Methodist Church in Pennsylvania. Lincoln Hulley, Stetson University's second president, acquired the bells in 1915 and they were mounted in the cupola of Elizabeth Hall. When the . . . Map (db m46817) HM
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7Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Circa 1883
This site has a long history with the "written word." On April 7, 1883, the first issue of the Orange Ridge Echo was printed here in a wood-frame building. This paper later became the Chronicle, which eventually became the Volusia . . . Map (db m46137) HM
8Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Circa 1885
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 . . . Map (db m46204) HM
9Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — DeLand Hall — Built 1884
The oldest building in Florida in continuous use for higher education and the first building on the Stetson University campus. Originally housed the library, chapel, classrooms, gymnasium and offices. Later used as women's residence, kindergarten, . . . Map (db m45502) HM
10Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — DeLand Municipal Airport — Sidney H. Taylor Field
Named In Honor Of Sidney H. Taylor, Attorney, For His Leadership In Retaining The Seat Of Volusia County Government At DeLand.Map (db m106736) HM
11Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
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12Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Dreka Building — 1882
On this site in 1882 George A. Dreka built his 2-story department store that later was expanded to four floors to also hold the Carrolton Hotel. In the 1886 fire that consumed much of the town, blankets were hung from the balconies and kept wet by a . . . Map (db m46128) HM
13Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Dreka Theater — 1922
Imagine the front of this now-modern building with parapets, decorative geometric tiles, and elaborate curvilinear windows on the facade. At the center was an ornate kiosk ticket office, naming it for the popular department store adjacent to it, . . . Map (db m50089) HM
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14Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Early Grocery Stores — circa 1897
Although there has been a structure on this site since at least 1885, this building was erected about 1897. From the late 19th to the middle 20th century, most of DeLand's grocery stores were located along Woodland Blvd. Bushnell, Cantrell, Conrad, . . . Map (db m45708) HM
15Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — First Commercial Store — 1877
Capt. James B. Jordan came to DeLand in 1876. While serving in a North Carolina regiment during the civil war, Capt. Jordan was wounded and taken prisoner in July 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. Following the war, he came to Florida and opened . . . Map (db m46028) HM
16Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — First Movie House — circa 1907
Around 1907 V. Ward Gould and Arthur Voyle opened DeLand's first silent movie business here. With straight backed chairs for the audience and sheeting for a screen, they rigged up a projection booth and hired a pianist to furnish the music. The film . . . Map (db m45540) HM
17Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — First Public Building — 1877
When Hettie Austin came to this community from Indiana in 1876, she immediately began roaming about in her "sad little mule-drawn cart" soliciting contributions for a Methodist Church. Henry DeLand convinced her that the greater need was for a . . . Map (db m49946) HM
18Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — First United Methodist Church — 1883
The First United Methodist Church was established August 1, 1880. It was the first church organized in the new settlement of DeLand. Three years later, this building was completed for worship services. It was a simple frame structure with a bell in . . . Map (db m45667) HM
19Florida, Volusia County, Deland — F-1018 — Historic Volusia County Courthouse
In 1888, Henry A. DeLand donated land for the construction of a wooden courthouse after the city of DeLand became the new seat for Volusia County. Starting in 1927, construction began on a new courthouse designed in the Neoclassical style. Competed . . . Map (db m136023) HM
20Florida, Volusia County, Deland — F-1021 — Historic Volusia County Courthouse
In 1888, Henry A. DeLand donated land for the construction of a wooden courthouse after the city of DeLand became the new seat for Volusia County. Starting in 1927, construction began on a new courthouse designed in the Neoclassical style. Competed . . . Map (db m136024) HM
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21Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Landis-Fish Building — 1905
In 1905 the Landis & Fish Law Firm erected a brick one-story Romanesque-style building on this site. As the firm grew, it was enlarged in 1925 to the two-story Federal structure you see today. Begun by Cary D. Landis and Bert Fish, the firm was . . . Map (db m46032) HM
22Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Miller-Fish Building — circa 1887
In this block, early settler Charles A Miller owned a hay & grain store, livery stable, and buggy & carriage shop. All fell to the flames of the 1886 fire. Miller was among the first to rebuild, erecting the two-story brick building you see today. . . . Map (db m46050) HM
23Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Red Cedar — Juniperus virginiana — Bartram Garden —
Bartram writes the following just prior to being hit by the "hurricane" on Lake Beresford: "SOON after ascending this branch of the river, on the right hand presents to view, a delightful little bluff, consisting chiefly of shells, and covered . . . Map (db m184754) HM
24Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Southern Magnolia — Magnolia grandiflora — Bartram Garden —
"The Laurel Magnolia, which grows on this river are the most beautiful and tall… The flowers are… in the center of a coronet of dark green, shining, ovate pointed entire leaves: they are large, perfectly white, and expanded like a full blown Rose… . . . Map (db m184760) HM
25Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — St. John's Masonic Lodge — 1925
This building was the St. John's Masonic Lodge #7. The cornerstone, containing the membership rolls of the Masonic bodies in DeLand, was laid Sept. 14, 1925. Designed by local architects, Carpenter & Bent, the lower floor originally accommodated a . . . Map (db m45669) HM
26Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — The Athens Theatre — 1922
This historically significant landmark opened in 1922 as a silent film/vaudeville theatre. Once the entertainment centerpiece of the county, the Athens operated continuously for nearly seventy years, changing its programming over time as technology . . . Map (db m46141) HM
27Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — The First Post Office — 1877
According to early sources, the first post office in DeLand was in the rear of the Jordan & Lancaster store on West Indiana Avenue somewhere "between Woodland Boulevard and Florida Avenue." Dr. G. W. Lancaster, DeLand's first druggist, was also the . . . Map (db m45603) HM
28Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — The Haven Block — Circa 1887
The three buildings called "The Haven Block" extend from 112 to 116 N. Woodland Blvd. These three Romanesque-style buildings have been home to countless businesses for over a century. In their early history was Haven's Hall on the second . . . Map (db m45638) HM
29Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — The Opera House — 1910
This corner was the site of DeLand's first newspaper, The Volusia County Herald, first published on May 10, 1877 by Henry DeLand. It was succeeded in 1878 by The Agriculturalist, edited by Col. C. C. Codrington, Gov. General of the . . . Map (db m45727) HM
30Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — The Woman's Club of DeLand — Established 1906
The Woman's Club of DeLand was organized in March 1906, and was incorporated on July 26 of that year with ninety-two charter members. Nearly from its inception club members wanted to have their own clubhouse. The organization purchased a lot on West . . . Map (db m45507) HM
31Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Volusia County Historic Courthouse — Built 1929
This landmark was built on property donated by the city's founder - Henry DeLand. It replaced the first Volusia County Courthouse, which was completed in 1894 and occupied until it was torn down in the 1920's to make way for its successor. In 1995, . . . Map (db m46191) HM
32Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Who was William Bartram? — Bartram Garden
William Bartram's legacy to western literature, art, science, and American exploration is expansive and undeniable. His published work inspired English writers such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Percy Shelly, and Alfred Tennyson, and . . . Map (db m184749) HM
33Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — Wilcox Saloon — 1886
"The Great Fire" occurred late at night on Sept. 27, 1886. It is thought to have started from a smouldering cigar igniting the sawdust on the floor of the Wilcox Saloon in this block. The buildings, constructed of pine, were instantly engulfed. The . . . Map (db m50003) HM
34Florida, Volusia County, DeLand — William Bartram Trail — Traced 1773-1777 — Deep South Region —
Bartram wrote of a great storm on the St. Johns that “cast a universal darkness all round.” He took shelter near here.Map (db m184577) HM
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Feb. 9, 2023