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Visitors can discover the past at DeBary Hall Historic Site.

Owing largely to its important geographical position, Volusia County has enjoyed a rich and diverse history. Situated between the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean, Volusia County has been important to Florida’s heritage since the first days of man.

Volusia County has continued to play a significant role in Florida’s development. Many archeologists believe that Volusia County may be as important to British Colonial era history as St. Augustine is to the Spanish era.

Volusia has been home to a wide variety of farming endeavors since the days of the first Europeans. Preserved mill ruins show the important role that sugar production once played here. Volusia County was also at the center of Florida’s steamboat era on the St. Johns River. Get to know Volusia County and you’ll see it’s richly steeped in history.

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Bulow Plantation Ruins Historic State Park
Ruins of the former plantation - a sugar mill, a unique spring house, several wells, and the crumbling foundations of the plantation house and slave cabins swept away in the Second Seminole War. A scenic walking trail leads visitors to the sugar mill ruins, listed on the National Register of Historic Sites.

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DeBary Hall Historic Site
Take a guided tour of historic DeBary Hall, the winter retreat of a European-born wine merchant Frederick deBary. Explore the historic St. Johns River in the Imagidome Theater, trek along the Spring-to-Spring Trail, have a picnic in the new trailhead pavilion, and visit the DeBary Hall gift shop, which is full of unique treasures.

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DeLand House/West Volusia Historical Society
The DeLand House Museum was built in 1886 for DeLand's first attorney, Arthur George Hamlin, who also developed the Hamlin Orange. Originally a 1.5 story structure, the house was built on land purchased from Henry A. DeLand, the city's founding father. The history of DeLand, coupled with artifacts and historic items, is gathered here.

Hotchkiss House
In 1905 Eliphalet Hubbell Hotchkiss, internationally known for marketing the Hotchkiss stapler, had this grand three story Queen Anne Victorian turreted mansion built overlooking the Halifax River.

Lilian Place Heritage Center
Lilian Place was built in 1884, the oldest residence on the Daytona Beachside, and is a prime example of the Italianate High Victorian architecture with its high ceilings, wood crown moldings and heart-of-pine floors.  The 4th story "widow's walk" with its panoramic view river to ocean depicts a New England design balcony which allowed the wives of whalers to watch for their husbands returning from sea.

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Mary McLeod Bethune Home
The former home of the founder of Bethune-Cookman University is a memorial to Mrs. Bethune and the Foundation which is dedicated to research, interracial activity and sponsorship of wider educational opportunities.

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Ponce  de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Historic Site
Completed in 1887, the Ponce de Leon Inlet Light Station was built when the area was known as Mosquito Inlet. After decades of restoration by the Ponce de Leon Inlet Lighthouse Preservation Association, it stands today as one of the best preserved, most complete light stations in the nation.

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Volusia County history
The Volusia County history website was created by Volusia County Government and the Volusia County Historic Preservation Board. Explore the trails that lead to Volusia County's colorful past and begin your journey back in time.

Other links

African American Museum of the Arts
Black Heritage Museum, New Smyrna Beach
The Casements, Ormond Beach
DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
Enterprise Preservation Society
Gamble Place at Spruce Creek Preserve
Halifax Historical Museum, Daytona Beach
Historic Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, Port Orange
Museum of Arts & Sciences, Daytona Beach
New Smyrna Museum of History/Southeast Volusia Historical Society
Ormond Beach Historical Society
Pioneer Settlement for the Creative Arts, Barberville
U.S. Postal Museum, Orange City
 

 

County Administration

Thomas C. Kelly Administration Center
123 W. Indiana Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720

DeLand
386-736-2700

Daytona Beach
386-257-6000

New Smyrna Beach
386-423-3300

Osteen
386-574-0598

Citizens Hotline
866-345-0345