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DeBary Hall Historic Site

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Location: 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary
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History is alive at DeBary Hall Historic Site, a magnificent 19th century hunting estate overlooking the St. Johns River in DeBary, Florida. The site is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and includes DeBary Hall, the oldest intact building in southwest Volusia County. 

Built in 1871, DeBary Hall was the winter retreat of a European-born wine merchant who chose the St. Johns River country for his hunting estate. Frederick deBary tried his hand at orange growing and commercial steamboating, but his Florida estate became a center of sport hunting and hospitality. 

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, some of the country’s wealthiest people visited DeBary Hall to spend winters hunting, fishing and swimming in the cool springs nearby, then relaxing in the shade of the veranda enjoying a cool drink and the news of the day. DeBary reportedly entertained Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Grover Cleveland; the Astors, Goulds and Vanderbilts; and the Prince of Wales, who went on to become King Edward VII.

Today’s historic site covers 10 acres and includes the 8,000-square-foot hunting lodge, stables and other structures. 

We invite you to explore history at DeBary Hall Historic Site. You’ll find remarkable buildings, a treasure trove of historical images, and many good stories. 

DeBary Hall video overview
DeBary Hall was the winter retreat of a European-born wine merchant who chose the St. Johns River country for his hunting estate in the 1870s.

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debary hallWhat is DeBary Hall?
Once the retreat of millionaires, this public site now offers a window on St. Johns River stories. For a history sampler, click here.

plan your visit Planning your visit
DeBary Hall is a great drop-in site, especially if you’ve planned your spontaneity. Click here for hours of operation, driving directions and other details.

visitor center Visitors Center
DeBary Hall Visitors Center and Spring-to-Spring Trailhead. Click here for details.

rent debary hall Rental information
DeBary Hall can be reserved for certain activities appropriate to a protected historic site. Click here for details.

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Volunteers are keys to DeBary Hall’s life as a special public site. Please click here to check on possibilities for helping.

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