Florida East Coast Railway
Handbook of Florida (Norton, 1890)
Population, 2,000 (1895) - Lat. 29 degree N. -- Long. 81 degree 14 W.
Hotels -- Carrolton House, $2.50 to $3. - Parceland Hotel, $2.50 to $3. - Putnam House, $2 to $3.
Railroads - Branch to De Land Junction and landing on St. John's River, five miles west, where connection is made with
the J., T. & K. W. Ry., and with river steamboats.
Carriage rate from station, 25 cents; luggage, 25 cents, per piece.
De Land has good hotels, electric lights, numerous stores, churches, schools, and a general air of business prosperity.
As the seat of government of a large county in the heart of the orange region it is the centre of a considerable amount
of business connected with the growing interests of the community. The situation is healthful in the high pine region, and
forest still surrounds it, save where it has been cleared away to make room for orange groves and other improvements.
The town is named after its founder, Mr. H. A. De Land.
In the immediate neighborhood are several interesting places, notably the residence and grounds of Mr. John B.
Stetson, of Philadelphia, where horticulture in its various branches is carried to a high degree of perfection.
The Irondequoit Dairy, within easy walking distance of the hotels, is interesting as one of the most successful attempts to
introduce Jerseys, Holstein, and other high grade cattle into this region.
Lake Helen, six miles southeast, may be reached from DeLand either by road through the woods or by rail, changing at
De Land Junction and Orange City.
De Leon Spring, six miles north, is a pleasant resort for picnic parties. The Spring boils up in such volume that it was
formerly used to drive a sugar-mill, the ruins of which are still to be seen near by.
Dexter Lake and the St. John's River are available for boating and fishing excursions. The best hunting rounds are to
the eastward, in a wide belt of sparsely settled country, partly savanna, partly hammock, from five to fifteen miles from
the railroad. Hunters and guides can be engaged at $5 a day, or at a stated amount according to the success achieved;
so much for a shot at a dear, so much for a turkey, or so much for a wildcat, the hunter, of course, not being responsible
for the marksmanship of the sportsman.
The city was founded in 1875 and is named for its founder Henry Addison Deland formerly known as Persimmsons
Hollow. Deland is the home of the Stetson University (Baptist) and is the county seat of Volusia County.
DE LAND. (From Snow to Sun Florida Winter Pleasure Tours Pennsylvania Railroad)
111 miles from Jacksonville, via Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railway.
De Land is a delightfully picturesque town, situated in Volusia County, on a pine elevation. It is completely belted in with
extensive orange groves, and here the rich tropical productions thrive in abundance. As a winter resort it is held in the
highest estimation, due to its peculiarly healthy surroundings and the vast border-lands of yellow pine, which exude their
healing and soothing balm, so efficacious in nervous and lung troubles. All about this neighborhood are the most
picturesque of lakes ; on the shores of many are beautiful residences and commodious hotels. It is a favorite spot also
for the sportsmen, deer, turkey, wildcat being found in abundance.
The Carrolton . $2.50 to $3.00 per day.
Putnam House . $2.00 to $3.00 per day.
Floral Grove Hotel . . . $2.00 per day.
Parceland Hotel, $2.50 to $3.00 per day.
1899 (Pennsylvania Railroad Tours to Florida 1899)
Jacksonville, via Tropical Trunk Line.
De Land is a delightfully picturesque town, situated in Volusia County, on a pine elevation. It is completely
belted with extensive orange groves, and here the rich tropical productions thrive m abundance. All through this
locality are found most picturesque lakes, on the shores of which stand beautiful residences and commodious hotels.
It is a favorite spot for the sportsman deer, turkey, and wildcat being found in abundance.
Floral Grove Hotel.
1907 (Waugh's Blue Book of Leading Hotels and Resorts of the World by W. W. Waugh & Son)
Nature did her work well at this resort, and man has enhanced the work. There are miles of shell pavement in the town,
and roads of the same material lead to many of the points of interest near by, — among which are Lake Beresford, a
beautiful sheet of water five miles distant, and Lake Helen, six miles away, by the way of Lake Winnimissette; the De
Leon Springs, formerly known as the Springs of Perpetual Youth, only seven miles away. These springs, as well as the
Blue Springs, are most interesting.
Drives in every direction present a pleasing variety of orange groves, giant pines, little lakes, and tropical Hammock.
This resort is reached by the Atlantic Coast Line and is 111 miles from Jacksonville, or by the Florida East Coast system
to Orange City, 150 miles from Jacksonville, 114 miles from St. Augustine, 46 miles from Ormond.
Hotels: COLLEGE ARMS, J. G. Holland, Manager.
Places to Stay 1909
Hutchinson Hall -- George Hutchinson, proprietor. Rates, $2.00 per day; $7.00 to $10.00 per week. Open the year
round. Only hotel in center of city. Home cooking a specialty. Hot and cold baths. Special attention paid to commercial
La Villa -- Capacity twenty-five. Open the year round. On New York avenue, one block from depot and one block from
post office. Home cooking. Hot and cold baths. Rates$8.00 to $10.00 per week; transient, $2.00 per day. Mrs. W. J.
Melrose -- Mrs. W. W. Alcott, proprietor. Accommodates fifty. Rates, $2.00 per day; special by the week. Pleasant
location opposite the College Arms. Large, airy rooms; electric light; modern improvements; first-class table.
Putnam Inn -- Is delightfully situated on New York avenue, one block from the business center. The house is well
furnished; electric lights and bells, and everything is arranged to promote the comfort of its guests. Transient rates,
$2.50 per day and up. Accommodates 125. For special weekly, family and season rates, circulars, engagement of
rooms, and all other information, address B. E. Brown, proprietor, Deland, Florida.
Sembler Cottage -- 41 Rich avenue. Mrs. A. J. Sembler. Rates, $2.00 per day; $8.00 to $10.00 per week. Table board
Boarding -- Miss Dunn and Miss Dunbar. Accommodates thirty-five. Rates $8.00 to $12.00 per week.
The Carrollton -- G. A. Dreka, proprietor. Accommodates 100. Rates, $2.50 per day.
College Inn -- I. T. Whitcomb. Accommodates twenty. Rates, $7.50 to $8.00 per week.
Douglas House -- On New York avenue. Mrs. A. J. Sembler. Accommodates thirty. Rates, $7.00 to $10.00 per week.
McLeod's -- Mrs. E. B. Smythe. Accommodates forty. Rates, $8.00 to $12.00 per week.
The Oaks -- S. P. Hays. Accommodates fifty. Rates, $10.00 to $15.00 per week.
The Sutherland -- M. J. Bennett. Accommodates forty. Rates, $8.00 to $12.00 per week.
The Waverly -- Mrs. Drake. Accommodates thirty-five. Rates, $8.00 to $10.00 per week.
Winter Home -- J. E. Coen. Accommodates twenty-five. Rates, $8.00 to $12.00 per week.
Where to Stay in Deland 1912
Boarding House, Mrs. Dunbar and Miss Dunn; capacity, 30; rates -- per day, $2.50, per week, $12.00 to $15.00
Carrolton Hotel, G. A. Dreka; capacity, 100; rates - per day, $2.50, per week, special.
College Arms, I. T. Whitcomb; capacity, 25; rates - per day, $1.50, per week, $7.50 to $8.50
Douglas House, Mrs. A. J. Sembler, capacity, 30; rates - per day, $1.50, per week, $7.00 to $10.00.
Hutchinson Hall, Geo. Hutchinson; capacity, 25; rates - per day, $2.00, per week, $7.00 to $10.00
LaVilla, Mrs. W. J. Austin; capacity, 25; rates per day, $2.00 per week, $8.00 to $11.00.
McLeod's. Mrs. E. B. Smythe; capacity 40; rates - per day, $1.50per week, $8.00 to $12.00.
Melrose, Mrs. W. W. Alcott; capacity, 50; rates-per day, $2.00, per week, special.
The Oaks, S. P. Hays; capacity, 50; per day $2.00, per week, $10.00 to $15.00.
Putnam Inn, B. E. Brown; capacity, 125; rates-per day, $2.50 up, per week, special.
Sembler Cottage, Mrs. A. J. Sembler; rate - per day, $2.00, per week, $8.00 to $10.00
The Sutherland, M. J. Bennett; capacity, 40; rates - per day, $1.50 per week, $8.00 to $12.00.
The Waverly, Mrs. Drake. Capacity, 35; rates-per day $1.50, per week, $8.00 to $10.00.
Winter Home, J. E. Coen. Capacity, 25; rates - per day, $1.50, per week, $8.00 to $12.00.
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