Front Parlor of DeLand House

Walking Through History

The Old Northwest and Stetson University Historic Districts

The neighborhood surrounding the West Volusia Historical Society Complex is rich in history and filled with architectural gems.

Learn about our dynamic and historic Old Northwest DeLand neighborhood in a one-hour walking tour led by experienced WVHS docents. The tour follows a beautiful pathway on West Michigan, West Minnesota, and North Clara avenues, North Woodland Boulevard and part of the Stetson University Campus.

You’ll hear stories about interesting characters, the houses they lived in and the buildings where they worked, including:

  • Stetson personalities like President and Mrs. Lincoln Hulley, Vice President and Mrs. Charles Farriss (who lived in what is now DeLand House Museum), and Drama Professor Irving Stover;
  • The pioneer Allen family whose ancestors have lived in one house for over 100 years
  • Mrs. Frances Wood Shimer, the educator who hybridized citrus in DeLand and built a Victorian house named Sans Souci.

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 -- all in this compact neighborhood.

        Tour Dates

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Saturday, December 5, 2020

    Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    Saturday, December 19, 2020



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

Space is limited to assure appropriate wellness precautions. Two separate groups are allowed on each tour with a maximum of six people.


$3 for WVHS members

$5 for non-members