Walking Through History

Tours in DeLand's Three National Historic Districts

Tours will take a summer break and resume in October

              

 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. Two separate groups are allowed on each tour with a maximum of six people.


              Admission


One Hour Tour

2 Historic Districts

$3 for WVHS members

$5 for non-members


Two Hour Tour

3 Historic Districts

$5 for WVHS members

$10 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.