Explore history of DeLeon Springs at historic DeBary Hall

Photos for Headline Surfer / Shown above is the Gristmill house at DeLeon Springs, Florida, circa 1910.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

DEBARY, Fla. -- Learn about the history of DeLeon Springs State Park during a free presentation at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at DeBary Hall Historic Site, 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

Brian Polk will lead a journey through the park’s past, beginning with the first Floridians.

"He’ll share tales about a famous visitor, three wars, a plantation, the Western Hemisphere’s oldest canoes, and interesting local stories,"  Pat Kuehn, a Volusia County community information specialist, told Headline Surfer. "He will also offer his thoughts on whether Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon visited the area during his supposed search for the Fountain of Youth in the 16th century." 

Polk is the park manager at DeLeon Springs State Park and chair of Volusia County’s Historic Preservation Board.

Brian Polk / Headline SurferBrian Polk will lead a journey through the park’s past, beginning with the first Floridians.

"He’ll share tales about a famous visitor, three wars, a plantation, the Western Hemisphere’s oldest canoes, and interesting local stories,"  Pat Kuehn, a Volusia County community information specialist, told Headline Surfer. "He will also offer his thoughts on whether Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon visited the area during his supposed search for the Fountain of Youth in the 16th century." 

Polk is the park manager at DeLeon Springs State Park and chair of Volusia County’s Historic Preservation Board.

The program is part of the Lemonade Lectures series, which is sponsored by the Enterprise Historical Conservancy and Volusia County. Light refreshments and lemonade will be served. Reservations are not required. For more information, please call Tracy Mestre at 386-668-3840 or visit www.debaryhall.com.

 

ABOUT DeBary Hall

DeBary Hall Historic Site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by the State of Florida and managed by the county’s Parks, Recreation and Culture Division. Tours of the 1871hunting lodge are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children ages 3 to 12, and free for children 2 and younger.

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.