Introduction to De Land, Florida
De Land, Florida, in Volusia county, is 9 miles N of Deltona, Florida (center to center) and 92 miles S of Jacksonville, Florida. The city is included in the Daytona Beach metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 20,904 people lived in De Land.
De Land History
Previously, this area was known as Persimmon Hollow because of the wild persimmon trees that grow around the spring. In 1876, Henry A. DeLand founded this town. He envisioned this area as a citrus, agricultural and tourism center. The city was incorporated in 1882 and became a county seat in 1887. De Land was the first city in Florida that had electricity. Later in 1883, Henry A. DeLand also established DeLand Academy, which is the first private college of Florida.
De Land and nearby Attractions
- Chief Master at Arms House
- Alexander Haynes House
- Downtown DeLand Historic District
- Volusia County Fair and Expo Center
- DeLand Hall
- Volusia Speedway Park
Things To Do In De Land
The city of De Land features several recreational activities such as basketball courts, swimming, fishing, hiking and football fields. The city also offers a number of dining options and shopping areas. You can also enjoy the natural beauty of the various fresh water springs of De Land.
De Land Transportation
The city is served by the Daytona Beach International Airport.
De Land Higher Education
The city is served by Stetson University.