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Historical influence of St. Johns River

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Begins: June 15, 2019 1:00 pm
Ends: June 15, 2019 2:00 pm

Local historian Larry French will explain how the St. Johns River was a highway of discovery for Florida’s settlement at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

French will discuss the river’s role in shaping the lives of inhabitants and explain how steamboats, railroads and automobiles helped introduce civilized comforts to the area. He will also mention some of West Volusia’s grand hotels, which housed thousands of visitors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

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

The free presentation is part of the Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Friends of DeBary Hall and Volusia County’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served.

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