History

Volusia History


True Natives
The Prehistory of Volusia County – by Dana Ste. Claire

Hidden Treasures
Historical Highlights of New Smyrna’s Past – Foundation For The New Smyrna Museum of History
Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse
Stop by and visit the second tallest lighthouse in the US. and see the maritime museums.

The Museum of Arts and Sciences

Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site
Old Kings Road, north of Ormond Beach – (386) 517-2084

Carl S. Swisher Library
“New Deal” Permanent Exhibit Bethune-Cookman College, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach – (386) 255-1401

The DeLand House
A refurbished 1880′s home furnished in period pieces and artifacts relating to the history of DeLand. 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand, FL (386) 734-7029

DeLand Naval Air Station Museum
DeLand Airport, 910 Biscayne Ave., DeLand (386) 738-4149 – Memorabilia commemorating the 1942-1946 DeLand Naval Air Station are featured, including uniforms, aircraft models, guns and photos. The museum is open from Monday through Saturday.

Gamble House
Located within the Spruce Creek Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, it includes the hunting and fishing cottage built by James N. Gamble in 1907, his citrus-packing plant, gardens, gazebo and dock. After his grandchildren fell in love with the Disney movie “Snow White,” his son-in-law added the Snow White Cottage and Witch’s Hut in 1938. Off Taylor Road, 2 miles west of I-95. (386) 255-0285.

Halifax Historical Society
252 South Beach St., Daytona Beach (386) 255-6976 – Artifacts tracing the history of life in Volusia County. A research library is available. The Society’s walls are hand-painted murals of Florida history. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

Historic Connor Library Museum
Colonial and pre-historic artifacts from the New Smyrna area, which is among the earliest settlements in the New World. 201 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. (386) 424-2196, leave a message.

Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation
640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. – (386) 255-1401

New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins County Historic Site
One of the sugar mills that thrived along the coast in the 1800′s and only the ruins remain after an 1835 Seminole Indian raid. 600 Mission Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Info: P.O. Box 861, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170.

Volusia Museum
1958 Alice Dr., Community of Volusia – (386) 749-2280 – This museum on the St. Johns River features Indian artifacts and historical exhibits. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Admission is free.

HISTORY / HERITAGE

 

  • Hidden Treasures, Historical Highlights of New Smyrna’s Past – Foundation For The New Smyrna Museum of History
  • The Museum of Arts and Sciences and Planetarium 1040 Museum Blvd. Daytona Beach (386) 255-0285 – A State of Florida Major Cultural Institution, the museum features changing exhibitions and permanent collections of paintings from the 18th-20th centuries; American fine and decorative arts from 1640-1920; European paintings, Oriental art, African art, Cuban fine art; Pre-Columbian art and Florida Native American material. Film, video, concert and lecture programs are offered. The Museum also includes the Windows in the Forest Environmental Center and Planetarium. Hours are from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and from noon-5 p.m.
  • Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Stop by and visit the second tallest lighthouse in the US. and see the maritime museums. The museum complex features an 1887 l ighthouse – a National Historic Landmark – and a collection of lighthouse service artifacts, a mariner’s museum, a restored lighthouse keeper’s house, lighthouse lens and a tugboat. Exhibits: “Filibusters and Pirates,” centennial commemoration of the Florida expeditions to aid the Cuban revolutionaries, “Stephen Crane and the Commodore: A Prelude to the Spanish-American War, A documentary of adventures in waters off Daytona Beach , and “The United States Navy in the Spanish-American War.” Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, last admission 4 pm. Admission: $4, $1 children 11 and younger. 4931 S. Peninsula Drive, Ponce Inlet. 386-761-1821.
  • Step Back in Time  Timucuan Indian – Living History Program with Reese “Moss” Moore
  • True Natives – The Prehistory of Volusia County – by Dana Ste. Claire
  • West Volusia Historical Society, Inc.  Don’t Miss This Opportunity To Live The History Of Early Central Florida.
  • Bulow Plantation Ruins State Historic Site  Old Kings Road, north of Ormond Beach – (386) 517-2084
  • Carl S. Swisher Library “New Deal” Permanent Exhibit Bethune-Cookman College, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach – (386) 255-1401
  • The DeLand House: A refurbished 1880’s home furnished in period pieces and artifacts relating to the history of DeLand. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: free. 137 W. Michigan Ave., DeLand, FL (386)734-7029
  • The Conrad Center The center houses a research library, historical artifacts, vintage photos and newspapers. Hours: noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: free. 137 1/2 W. Michigan Ave., Deland, FL 386-740-6813
  • The Memorial Hospital Museum and Apothecary Features arestored operating room from the 1920′s, veterans museum, electric and ice cream museum, black heritage museum and an antique toy and elephant collection. 230 N. Stone St., Bill Dreggors Park, Deland, FL 386-734-5333.
  • DeLand Naval Air Station Museum – DeLand Airport, 910 Biscayne Ave., DeLand (386) 738-4149 – Memorabilia commemorating the 1942-1946 DeLand Naval Air Station are featured, including uniforms, aircraft models, guns and photos. The museum is open from Monday through Saturday.
  • Gamble House – Located within the Spruce Creek Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy and managed by the Museum of Arts and Sciences, it includes the hunting and fishing cottage built by James N. Gamble in 1907, his citrus-packing plant, gardens, gazebo and dock. After his grand-children fell in love with the Disney movie Snow White, his son-in-law added the Snow White Cottage and Witch’s Hut in 1938. Off Taylor Rd, 2 miles west of I-95. (386)255-0285.
  • Halifax Historical Society Museum – 252 South Beach St., Daytona Beach (386) 255-6976 – Artifacts tracing the history of life in Volusia County. A research library is available. The Society’s walls are hand-painted murals of Florida history. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission: $3, $1 children 12 and younger; members free. Admission by donation Thursdays. Free admission for children Saturdays.
  • Historic Connor Library Museum: Colonial and pre-historic artifacts from the New Smyrna area, which is among the earliest settlements in the New World. 201 Sams Ave., New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. (386)424-2196, leave message Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free admission.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Foundation 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd. – 386) 255-1401
  • New Smyrna Sugar Mill Ruins County Historic Site: One of the sugar mills that thrived along the coast in the 1800’s and only the ruins remain after an 1835 Seminole Indian raid. 600 Mission Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Info: P.O. Box 861, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32170
  • The Veteran’s Mobile Museum The Museum contains an extensive collection of uniforms, artifacts, photos, and documents from both World Wars through Desert Storm. The Museum is used at Veteran’s ceremonies, schools, parades, and other events.
  • Volusia Museum – 1958 Alice Dr., Community of Volusia – (386) 749-2280 – This museum on the St. Johns River features Indian artifacts and historical exhibits. Hours are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday. Free.