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About the Museum:
The DeLand House Museum was built in 1886 by DeLand's first attorney, George Hamlin, who also developed the Hamlin Orange. Originally a one and a half story structure, the house was
In 1988 the house was purchased by Robert and Hawtense Conrad and donated to the City. Assisted with funds provided by the City of DeLand and the County of Volusia many individuals, businessmen, contractors, and suppliers united to devote their time, materials, and expertise to restore the structure to the period when the Farriss family lived in it. The DeLand House Museum was completed and dedicated in 1990.
Ninety-five percent of the period furnishings in the museum have been donated by interested, dedicated, generous citizens of the area. A unique feature of the museum is the fact that the history of West Volusia County is on the walls depicted in the extensive collection of period photographs. The authentic artifacts and memorabilia displayed in the cabinets and cupboards trace the history and development of DeLand and the surrounding area.
There are several wonderful old buildings on the Stetson Campus. I wish I could have toured each one of them. One that is particularly interesting is the Stetson Mansion which you can review on their web site:
Spanish moss drapes from the big old trees of DeLand, giving a shady, graceful canopy of protection from the sun. The "moss" is actually a bromeliad which hangs from trees and sometimes shrubs, taking moisture and nutrients from the air.
THE FOLLOWING IS A DESCRIPTION BY A BOTANIST
Spanish-moss (Tillandsia usneoides)
Spanish-moss, also called Florida moss, long moss, or graybeard, is not a true moss. It is an epiphytic plant, which grows on another plant, but does not rely on the host plant for nutrients; epiphytes make their own food.
They are sometimes referred to as air plants because most have aerial roots; however, Spanish-moss does not have any roots. It uses its long, thin, scaly stems to wrap around the host tree and hang down from the branches. The leaves are covered with cup-like, permeable scales that 'catch' moisture and nutrients from the air and from pockets on the surface of the host. This water-trapping ability allows Spanish-moss to withstand long dry periods. In extreme dry spells, the plant becomes dormant until moisture returns.
The National Historic District is clearly marked with very good signage and little flags on the light posts. To me it is a joy to find a little town like this in Florida where so much of their original fabric has been obliterated. You'll find no glaring bright lights, strip development, box stores or disney plastic here in DeLand. What you WILL find, is the real old Florida.
originally called the deland academy stetson university was founded by henry a. deland in 1883. stetson university is the oldest private college in florida. the college was renamed stetson university in 1889 after john b. stetson of the stetson hat manufacturing company. this architecturally beautiful campus is a worth while place to visit when in deland.
pictured is deland hall. deland hall built in 1884 is the oldest building in florida in continous use for higher education and the first building built on the stetson campus. this building is listed on the national register of historic places.
located around the intersection of SR44 (new york ave.) and US17-92 (woodland ave) is deland's historic district. deland was founded in 1876 and there are a number of historic homes in this area. the downtown business district along woodland ave. was developed between 1900 and the 1920's. pictured is a 1905 building on woodland ave. woodland ave. offers a number of restaurants, cafes, bars, and stores. a very nice area to explore.
from 1823 to the 1870's de leon springs was part of the spring garden plantation. at the spring the plantation constructed a grist and cane mill. the mill was burned down in 1835 during the second seminole war. it was reconstructed and was burned down again in 1864 during the civil war. pictured is the remains of the paddle wheel of the mill. today the sugar mill is now a restaurant. see my spanish sugar mill restaurant tip for more information.
de leon springs is located 6 miles north of deland in the tiny town of de leon springs. this beautiful and historic spring offers swimming, snorkeling, hiking trails, and a very unusual restaurant. the park also offers canoe and kayak rentals. a very worth while place to visit in the deland area.
blue springs state park is located in orange city florida about five miles south of deland. in the winter months it is visited by hundreds of west indian manatees. manatees also known as sea cows are large marine mammals. this beautiful spring offers swimming, scuba diving, camping, and hiking trails. swimming and scuba diving is prohibited during the manatee season nov 15 - march 1st. for more information check out their web site.
Always interesting architecture around these schools...and if you are in your 20's...I'm sure there is other scenery of interest as well. :-)
I once found one of my favorite books on Russia in the campus book store. They had a special Russian program at the time.
It's a town where you don't mind walking thru the business district and noticing some of the small shops and eateries. There are antique shops, flower shops, and a varied assortment of more practical things as well. Very pleasant.
This simple story and a half house was built in 1886 by George Hamlin on land purchased from Henry A. DeLand. It had a porch around two sides and was Victorian in style (pictured in the inset of photo 2). There was an orange grove on one side of the house.
In 1893, the house was purchased by Stetson (the hat manufacturer) to use as housing for the faculty of what is now Stetson University. Henry A. DeLand never actually lived in this house.
In about 1903, one of the faculty members, Dr. Charles Farriss purchased the house and modified it extensively. He removed the porch, raised the roof to a full two stories, added a Greek revival portico (he was a professor of Greek) on the east side and an entrance porch on the south side.
The house was donated to the city of DeLand in 1988 and had been restored and furnished with artifacts, furniture photographs and art of the period. The furniture, other than that which is built in (photo 4 and 5), is not original to the house.
The house is now open Tuesday to Saturday noon to 4. Guided tours are given. Donations are requested.
The City of DeLand had a primative airport in the 1920s with the first asphalt runway built around 1936. At the beginning of the Second World War (1941), the City donated the airport to the Navy where the DeLand airport is now.
The DeLand Naval Air Station Museum was started in 1992, on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the base in the Master of Arms Residence. The building was restored and dedicated in November, 1995, and has grown steadily ever since. In 2001, the Museum building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Deland Naval Air Station Museum was one of the things I thought Bob would like to see. It was a little hard to find, and when we got there, we found that the hurricanes of the previous summer had damaged the little headquarters building, and the exhibits were just being moved back in. So we didn't see much at this location. But we did get directions to the hanger where the bulk of the airplanes and other exhibits were being stored.
Tuesday - Saturday
Noon - 4:00pm