Joshua Dreggors, Jr., usually known as "Bill"
Dreggors, is fourth generation Floridian and a lifelong
resident of DeLand. After duty in the Navy during
WWII, he became employed by Florida Power Corporation
where he remained for 42 years, retiring in 1988.
He was married to his childhood sweetheart for 49
years until her death in 1994. He remarried a few
years later. He has one son, two granddaughters and
has always experienced a strong interest in the history
of his native surroundings. He became a collector
of artifacts that generated insight into the early
years of places so familiar to him. Since 1988, out
of this wealth of information, through his efforts
alone, he created over 120 slide programs of the early
years of Volusia
County and many other Florida areas as
well. These programs are now being recorded on videotape
for permanent preservation.
the 1980's he was instrumental in the successful historic
restoration of a building that is now known as the
DeLand House Museum and the construction
of the Conrad
Research and Educational Building. He served
as curator for several years and played a major part
in growth of the prestigious West
Volusia Historical Society. He served as
president of the historical society for five terms
and is presently the Executive Director.
established and owns the Ice
and Electrical Museum located in the Stone
Museum in DeLand located at "Bill
Dreggors Park," named in his honor
was instrumental in creating the DeLand Naval Air
Station Museum and collaborated on and co-authored
three books on the history of Volusia County. He was
a member of the Volusia County Historical Preservation
Board for eight years. He serves as Chairman of the
West Volusia Tourist Authority, and is on the DeBary
Historical Preservation Board. He served on the Historic
Preservation Advisory Council for the State of Florida
for four years. He is also on the steering committee
of Heritage Rivers, representing the St.
Johns River and the river basin, which
encompasses a large portion of Florida.
has developed ongoing impersonations of Henry
DeLand, the town's founder, Count Frederic DeBary,
Seth French, and James Gamble. He has received
numerous awards, plaques and commendations from
public, private, social, civic, and educational
Volusia Historical Society, Inc.
A. DeLand House Museum
Robert M. Conrad
Educational Research Center
Lue Gim Gong Memorial Garden
W. Michigan Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32720
Phone or Fax: 386/740-6813
Docent led tours.
12 noon till 3:00 p.m.
Last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.
Group tours by appointment
Conrad Educational & Research Center Building
Tuesday Through Saturday
12 noon till 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday and Monday