William J. Dreggors, Jr.

William 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 two great-grandchildren.

Bill 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 and DVD for permanent preservation.

During the 1980's he was instrumental in the successful historic restoration of a building that is now known as the Henry A. 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.

He established and owns the Ice and Electrical Museum located in the Stone Street Hospital Museum in DeLand located at "Bill Dreggors Park," named in his honor in 1991.

He 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.

Bill 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 sectors.

West Volusia Historical Society, Inc.

Henry A. DeLand House Museum
Robert M. Conrad
Educational Research Center
Lue Gim Gong Memorial Garden
137 W. Michigan Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32720
Phone or Fax: 386/740-6813
www.delandhouse.com
e-mail: delandhouse@msn.com

Visiting Hours
Tuesday through Saturday
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

 

 

 

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