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Grand hotels of West Volusia

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Begins: July 21, 2018 2:00 pm
Ends: July 21, 2018 3:00 pm

Larry French will look back on the grand hotels that helped shape the growth and history of West Volusia at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

He will share tales from his book, “Grand Hotels of West Volusia,” which describes the efforts of men like Jacob Brock, Henry DeLand and John Stetson to introduce civilized comforts to the wild interior of West Volusia in the late 1800s.

Brock built the Brock House hotel in Enterprise and used his steamboats to bring such notables as Presidents U.S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes there to vacation. DeLand founded DeLand Grove House, which was later renamed the Putnam Hotel. Stetson purchased a sprawling hotel, renamed it the College Arms, and extended the railroad to the hotel’s doorstep.

French is a living history re-enactor, member of the Florida Historical Society, former executive director of the West Volusia Historical Society, and author of the history-based fiction adventure novel series, “Time Will Tell.”

Reservations are not required. For more information, contact Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840 or tmestre@volusia.org.

For information about DeBary Hall and other upcoming events, visit www.debaryhall.com.