When traveling to new places, it's always fascinating to explore the local history in conjunction with your experience of the physical landscape. The contemplation of a place and how it has been changed by the events that have transpired there is one of travel's greatest joys. Practice your mental time-traveling in DeLand, Florida, a community founded in 1876 by Henry DeLand, a baking soda manufacturer seizing upon the opportunities the region provided for citrus products and tourism. Despite a crop freeze early in the town's history, the community eventually grew into a bustling hub that is now home to Florida's first private college, Stetson University. Book a stay at one of our great hotels in DeLand, FL and experience the rich history and architectural bounty that have earned DeLand the right to be known as the "Athens of Florida."
Take a moment to drop off your belongings in your choice of hotels near DeLand, FL. Ready to go? Buckle yourself into one of the DeLand rental cars and head over to Stetson Mansion. Once home to John Stetson, who also lent his name to the nearby university, this private estate offers an engaging tour of this architecturally unusual property, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. While there, ponder the way properties and places change with time and ownership, and yet still carry the essence of their former aspect. Imagine the events that have played out upon this stage, keeping in mind, as a wise wanderer does, that events need not be well-known to carry great significance. Even the most minor of family dramas has impacted the turning of the globe. Try to wrap your head around that as you drive back to one of our DeLand hotels for the night.
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