West Volusia Historical Society
137 W. Michigan Ave.
DeLand, FL  32720
PH: 386-740-6813
To preserve and promote the history of West Volusia County
Gift Shop Feature of the Month
Memory Lane: A History of the Street Names of DeLand, Florida by Louise Ball Caccamise traces the history of DeLand’s Street names through the years from the December day in 1876, when the first seven streets were named. It also tells about the subdivisions and the people for whom they were named. Covering over 650 streets, it is carefully researched, documented and indexed. Early photographs add to the information. $25.00
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The Volusian by John W. Turner. This interesting book documents the activities of Horatio S. Dexter - frontier diplomat and Indian trader in the early days of Florida. Dexter had a plantation called "Volusia" near what is now DeLeon Springs, and a large lake is named for him (Lake Dexter). John Turner, a student of Florida history, especially the origin of how Volusia County got its name, worked tirelessly for several years to gather this history. He brings these stories of the early days to life and has included a number of maps and letters. $17.50
Minutes and Memorials of the Old Settlers of DeLand, Florida.  Written in the time period from 1882 through 1926, when the group held annual meetings to reminisce and enjoy each other's company.  This is the record of DeLands' early days and the first families. At their first gathering, they named their association "The Pioneers of DeLand and Vicinity," but were referred to simply as the "Old Settlers." For over forty years, the Old Settlers gathered for their annual meetings to reminisce and enjoy each other's company. It is from this book that we gain great insight into DeLand's beginnings.

​​Written by Hettie M. Austin, the secretary of the group, it was transcribed by Louise Ball Caccamise from the handwritten account.  $25.00.
Hot Sand & Sandspurs. Bill Dreggor's Story and the Story of DeLand. 
William J. "Bill" Dreggors, 2007. In this interesting autobiography, Bill's vivid memories tell story of a man destined to be a lifelong historical preservationist, woven with the history and culture of Florida Crackers in DeLand.  $9.95
Florida Military School – The HistoryCompiled and written by Sue Elliott.On September 4, 1956, Florida Military School opened its doors to 63 cadets.Colonel Carl Ward, along with partners Arthur Seascholz and Willard K Beaman founded the school in a converted World War II infirmary at the former DeLand Naval Air Station, just south of the DeLand Airport. This book details the history of the school – 1956 to 1971 - in interesting narrative and in photos.
Coloring Booklets

​​The Lue Gim Gong color booklet tells the story of the famous horticulturist who lived in DeLand and was awarded a silver medal for his work with citrus.  The booklet was created and illustrated by father-daughter team and lifetime DeLand residents Greg and Sloane Gilmore. 

The John B. Stetson color booklet tells the story of the famous hat manufacturer who lived in DeLand and was a principal benefactor of Stetson University. This booklet was created and illustrated by Margaret Rose Scribner who is a semi-retired artist, entrepreneur and author
Printed compliments of E.O. Painter Printing Company, these booklet sells for $1​
Postcards. Brenda Starr's pencil drawings of historic downtown DeLand, printed on postcards, are now for sale in the Museum's gift shop. A package of 9 postcards, with a variety of drawings is $10 a set.

DVD - “THE VOLUSIA COUNTY FAIR – THE FIRST 100 YEARS”. This popular DVD is narrated by historian Bill Dreggors. It features the history of our county fair including vintage photographs. You can purchase this DVD for $7.99 in the gift shop at the Henry DeLand House Museum.

​When you visit the county fair be sure to stop by the West Volusia Historical Society’s exhibit table showcasing photographs of the historic homes and information on our 2018 Tour of Homes to be held on December 8th and 9th.

Keepsake Ornament - second in the series

Beautiful​​ handcrafted pewter keepsake features an original drawing of one of our great county landmarks, the Athens Theatre, dedicated in 1922.  The reverse side features a drawing of the logo of the West Volusia Historical Society, founded in 1973.  View details here and purchase online.

The 2017 ornament featuring the Courthouse is also available.  Great gifts for family and friends.
Nostalgia Collection. Handcrafted gifts using the images from circa 1927 DeLand tourism flyers from the WVHS collection.​​ Items include: earrings, necklace, tote bag, tee shirt, bookmark and Christmas ornaments.  Prices range from $4.50 to $19.25
Society Collection. Handcrafted gold plated jewelry featuring the colorful enameled WVHS seal. Items include: money clip, cuff links, earrings, and necklace. Prices range from 10.75 to $20.00
DeLand, Florida.  This book in the series Images of America, celebrates the history of the city of DeLand and its own piece of the tapestry that is America.  Authored by Maggi Smith Hall, Michael Justin Holder and the West Volusia Historical Society, it features hundreds of vintage images, local memories personal stories, and unique points of view.  Nestled in Central Florida, DeLand was founded in 1882 and balances a strong sense of community with a willingness to allow progress.  A great book for anyone interested in DeLand's rich history.  $21.99.