DeLand, Florida was named after Henry Addison DeLand who originally envisioned the city becoming a major player in tourism and citrus. The tourism goals may have been usurped by nearby Orlando, but the town still has much to provide to locals and visitors alike. The city offers an abundance of early twentieth century architecture, including many examples of Mediterranean Revival. Today the city is the Volusia County Seat and also home to Stetson University, so businesses here bustle with daytime activity.
DeLand, Florida is located in western Volusia County and is about 40 miles from Orlando and about 25 miles from Daytona Beach. From I-4, take exit 118 to Florida Route 44 West towards DeLand. Florida Route 44 is New York Avenue. Follow for about six miles until you reach Woodland Boulevard. Woodland Boulevard is DeLand's Main Street, and its intersection with New York Avenue is the heart of downtown DeLand. The majority of DeLand's downtown businesses are on Woodland Boulevard between Church Street to the north and Howry Avenue to the south.
The DeLand Opera House was once a center for musicals and plays but today features shops and apartments.
U.S.17/92, otherwise known as Woodland Boulevard is DeLand's Main Street.
DeLand holds many festivals throughout the year where the streets are closed off and folks come out to party. This guy's having fun!
Our tour starts on the north end of DeLand's downtown, just south of Church Street. This is the 200 block of North Woodland Boulevard.
DeLand, Florida is home to Stetson University, so you'll find many businesses typical in a college town, such as this record shop.
Here's another store you'd expect to see in a college town, a shop selling used books (and comic books and DVDs).
The intersection of North Woodland Boulevard and Rich Avenue. Notice the giant mural on the left side. It's one of many around downtown DeLand.
Across the street, on the 100 block of North Woodland Boulevard, you have coffee shops and restaurants.
Another view of the 100 block of North Woodland Boulevard. The sidewalks feature landscape ornamentation to provide a barrier between pedestrians and traffic on the street.
Across the street, the sidewalks are wide enough for outdoor seating at the local cafes.
A view U.S. 17/92, also known as Woodland Boulevard as it makes its way through DeLand. In the center of this picture is the Museum of Art – DeLand.
A busy street scene along the 100 block of North Woodland Boulevard.
Stores can be as varied as tobacco shops and furniture shops selling antiques in DeLand, Florida. There's also plenty of benches on the sidewalk.
The intersection of Woodland Boulevard and New York Avenue form the heart of downtown DeLand.
Some businesses along the 100 block of East New York Avenue.
Chess Park is on the 100 block of West New York Avenue. The park features tables for playing chess outdoors and even works of art.
On this day, folks in Chess Park are enjoying live music. Notice how the shapes along the fence resemble chess pieces?
Shops and businesses along the 100 block of West New York Avenue in DeLand, Florida.
DeLand is the Volusia County Seat. Pictured here is the County Courthouse just one block west of Woodland Boulevard.
Just to the west of the County Courthouse on North Florida Avenue is the historic Athens Theater, a venue for films, concerts, and other stage performances.
The renovated historic Bert Fish building is now home to the Museum of Art – DeLand. The mural on the wall commemorates the DeLand Naval Air Station, which operated during the Second World War.
Shops and businesses along the 100 block of South Woodland Boulevard.
A musician walks along Woodland Boulevard past an antique store sidewalk sale.
DeLand contains many examples of late nineteenth and early twentieth century architecture.
Our tour concludes at the south end of DeLand's downtown area at the intersection of South Woodland Boulevard and Howry Avenue.
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