Walking Through History

Tours in DeLand's Three National Historic Districts

            Reservations


Reservations required at least 24 hours in advance. Call 386-740-6813 to reserve your tour.


Space is limited to assure appropriate wellness precautions. 


              Admission


Northwest and Stetson Historic Districts 

$7.50 for WVHS members

        $10 for non-members


Downtown Historic 

$7.50 for WVHS members

$10 for non-members


Grand Tour of 

3 Historic Districts

$15 for WVHS members

$20 for non-members

The neighborhoods surrounding the West Volusia Historical Society complex are rich in history and filled with architectural gems, and DeLand is the ideal venue for a walking tour - well-preserved historically and compact. Explore landmarks on Woodland Boulevard and the beautiful avenues of Minnesota, Clara, Rich, Michigan, Indiana and New York, and hear stories about the intriguing people who lived and worked there in walking tours led by experienced WVHS docents.

The hour-long tour, offered on a number of Wednesdays and Saturdays, highlights the Old Northwest Residential District, following a beautiful pathway on West Michigan, West Minnesota, and North Clara Avenues, and the historic Stetson University Campus District on North Woodland Boulevard. Hear the stories of well-known DeLand pioneers and Stetson personalities and the houses they lived in.

Learn to identify a variety of architectural styles, from frame vernacular farmhouses built at the end of the 1800s, to Colonial Revival homes built in the early 1900's and Spanish Revival and Italian Renaissance Revival of the 1920's, and learn the history of early commercial structures.

You’ll hear stories of DeLand's frontier past, of early entrepreneurs - Allen, Dreka, Fish, Shimer, and Stetson personalities - Hulley, Stover, Farriss. You'll learn about the grand hotels, the great freeze, the booming 20's and the busted 30's, WW2 dive bombers, 1960s civil rights confrontations, downtown's decline and ultimate rebirth of one of America's Best Mainstreets.

The two hour tour is offered on the second Saturday of each month. Approximately 50 minutes walking (2 miles) with a sit-down break at midpoint. This tour winds through  history and architecture on Woodland Boulevard, Minnesota and Clara and and then goes on to the Historic Downtown DeLand District on Rich, Indiana, and New York Avenues past a number of original commercial structures in the heart of downtown DeLand. 

  Tour Dates 

All tours depart at 10:30 am


  Saturday, October 9, 2021

  Wednesday, October 13, 2021

  Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  Wednesday, October 20, 2021

  Tuesday, November 2, 2021

  Wednesday, November 3, 2021

  Wednesday, November 10, 2021

  Saturday, November 13, 2021

  Wednesday, November 17, 2021

  Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  Tuesday, December 7, 2021

  Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  Saturday, December 11, 2021

  Wednesday, December 15, 2021

All tours depart at 10:30 am. Please arrive at 10:15 for check in

  • Downtown Historic Tour departs from the Lobby of the Courtyard by Marriott, 308 N Woodland Blvd, DeLand
  • Northwest Residential & Stetson Historic Districts Tour departs from Conrad Center, 137 W Michigan Ave, DeLand
  • Grand Tour of all Three Historic Districts departs from Conrad Center, 137 W Michigan Ave, DeLand

Northwest Residential District and Stetson University District Tour

Downtown Historic  District Tour

The hour and 15 minute tour, offered the first Tuesday of every month, highlights historic downtown DeLand of the 1880's - 1920's - a pristine college town known as the "Athens of Florida".  From these streets you will hear stories of the founders as they struggled through fires, freezes, booms, busts and pandemics to make DeLand one of the most celebrated cities in Florida

Grand Tour of Three Historic Districts