"Volusia County Seat" De Land by grandmaR

De Land Travel Guide: 41 reviews and 91 photos

Originally, the area was called Persimmon Hollow, but in 1876, New York baking soda mogul, Henry DeLand vacationed with his daughter Helen fifteen miles north of the steamboat landing at Enterprise. He offered settlers bonus dollars for rapid creation of schools and churches and they named the town after him. In 1880, the Orange Ridge, DeLand and Atlantic Railroad Company linked to the Jacksonville, Tampa, and Key West Line. The mural depicts the original methods of transportation in DeLand

The county seat of Volusia County is DeLand. DeLand is one of the more overlooked locations of this section of Florida - the county also includes the more popular tourist destinations of :

Daytona Beach
New Smyrna Beach
Ormond Beach
Port Orange
and Ponce Inlet

Incorporated in 1882, Deland became the county seat in 1888. Under sponsorship of the Florida Baptists, Deland Academy opened in 1885 featuring "classical, scientific and English instruction." Because DeLand lost money in the freezes of 1885-1886, he talked John B. Stetson (of hat fame) into sponsoring the school to the tune of a million dollars for the new school. In return, it was renamed Stetson University. (And the city of DeLand was only 10 years old!)

DeLand had some damage from the 2004 hurricanes, and one of the attractions that we came to see the Deland Naval Air Station Museum was not quite back to normal when we visited in January 2005.

  • Last visit to De Land: Jan 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Here I am again... think this is the 3rd time around! Always enjoy reviewing DeLand. It's one of the jems in a bracelet of little towns that I return to when visiting Florida. So much more "real life" than the Disney trek.


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