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Florida Heritage Travel, July 2012
June 28, 2012

July 2012 News And Events

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DeLand, Florida, the seat of Volusia County, Florida, is a beautiful small college town. Stetson University's entire campus has been designated a National Historic District. Downtown DeLand is bustling with fine gift shops and restaurants, and many special events take place there during the year such as art festivals and craft shows. Downtown DeLand is a very successful example of the Florida Main Street Program.

Henry Addison DeLand was a baking soda tycoon from New York. He first fell in love with the area in 1876, and bought up large tracts of land on which he planned to create a citrus, agricultural and tourist empire. He started the town and named it for himself. He considered his new town to be "The Athens of Florida" emulating the culture and ambience of the ancient Greek city.

The great freeze of 1885 destroyed DeLand's agricultural enterprises, and he headed back north after turning the town over to his trusted buddy, John B. Stetson. John was the creator of the famous cowboy hat, and he made DeLand his winter home in the late 1800's. His house is still standing and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Stetson built Florida's first electric power plant along with an ice plant, and DeLand soon became the first town in Florida to have streets illuminated by the incandescent light.

Today's DeLand is a modern small city with beautiful tree-shaded streets and handsome historic homes. As Florida's oldest private college, Stetson University is a key member of the community. It is the center of cultural offerings such as art, theater, museums and handsome architecture.

Read more about DeLand Florida.


Shady Oak Restaurant & Tavern
2984 West New York Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32720


Thanks for continuing to subscribe to Florida Heritage monthly e-zine. Florida Backroads Travel continues to grow, and we hope you enjoy these updates.

This month you will notice a new feature on the website, Florida Events. On this new page I list annual events that should be on your bucket list of things to do and see in Florida. Things like the annual Florida-Georgia football game, the Mug Race, the Sopchoppy Worm Gruntin' Festival and many other fun things to do in Florida.

I continue to automate Florida Backroads Travel so that any updates I make are posted automatically to my Mike Miller Facebook page and are tweeted on my Twitter page. You can also subscribe to our Florida Blog by going to our home page and selecting an RSS feed. This way you will have daily updates.

June in Florida is the beginning of our real hot season. Most of the snowbirds have gone back north, so restaurant waiting lines are once again manageable.

Here are some interesting events around Florida for July 2012.


FLORIDA WINERIES. Check the Florida winery nearest you. Many of them have wonderful weekend events that include music and wine tastings. Our site has information on 18 wineries scattered across the state.

FLORIDA FESTIVALS. The weather is getting hot, so there are not too many outdoor art festivals and folk and bluegrass music festivals this time of the year.

FLORIDA ZOOS. Florida has many zoos, and Florida zoos offer an interesting and inexpensive way to spend a day or more.

FLORIDA BEACHES. Almost anything you decide to do in Florida can be enhanced by spending some quality time at a great beach, and best beaches in Florida will guide you in the right direction.

FLORIDA MUSEUMS. Many Florida art and historical museums have scheduled events. Click on the links to find out what is going on.

FLORIDA THEATER. This is an active time for plays and musical events in our many Florida theaters.. Check the links to find out what might be interesting to you.

FLORIDA AUTHORS. July is a good time to stretch out in a hammock under a plam tree and read a book by a Florida author. Our most visited author page is still that of Tim Dorsey, the creator of zany serial killer Serge Storms.

Rather than listing one event in each of Florida's 8 regions on a monthly basis, I have decided instead to provide a very useful link that will tell you what is going on this month virtually everywhere in Florida.


Information on the towns and places hosting these events, or near them, including lodging, can be found at Florida Towns.

In our current slow economy, some events are cancelled on very short notice. I do my best to ensure that our information is correct and current, but I recommend you call before leaving for the event to make sure it's still on.

Thanks for subscribing to Florida Heritage Travel. We will see you next month with more updates and event information.

Regards, Mike Miller
Chief Backroads Traveler

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