West Volusia Historical Society
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
Monday through Friday 12 noon to 4 pm
Last tour starts at 3 pm
Elizabeth R. Burgess Building is in renovation. Opens October 2018
The Memorial Hospital and Veterans Museum was DeLand's first 'modern' hospital built to serve the growing needs of a population expanding during the land boom era of the 1920s. The museum houses eight different galleries and exhibits.
These exhibits include the Dr. Gilbert R. and Ora Seigworth Medical and Apothecary Gallery which displays a full operating room of the time period, mock pharmacy, and physicians examining room; the Bill Dreggors Ice & Electrical Museum exhibiting an array of insulators and electrical equipment; the WWI & WWII gallery housing artifacts and displays of historic conflicts DeLandites and Volusia residents have taken part in the memorial exhibit of the Florida Military School DeLand;
The Patriot Room; and the Bert Fish Room.
Adjacent to the main hospital building is the Elizabeth R. Burgess Building - the first hospital to serve West Volusia's black citizens. These galleries recognize the work of early African American medical professionals like midwives, doctors and dentists. This portion of the WVHS DeLand Memorial Hospital Museum site also contains the Hawtense Conrad Elephant Fantasyland, and Conrad's Toyland. The exhibits in this portion of the Museum are under renovation and will open in October 2018. Sneak preview on September 22 noon to 4 pm for Smithsonian Day.
On the grounds you can also visit the Freedom Playground and Bill Dreggor's Park that features a Sensory Garden.
Call 386-490-6204 for general information. Information about the Hospital Museum is also available at the Conrad Educational and Research Center of the WVHS Complex.
Bert Fish Room
Hawtense Conrad Elephant Fantasyland Collection
Aviation History Exhibit
DeLand's Memorial Hospital and Veteran's Museum
Operating Room Exhibit
The Memorial Hospital and Veteran's Museum, located at 230 N. Stone Street in DeLand, is owned and operated by the City of DeLand. The West Volusia Historical Society supports some of the exhibits in this museum.