DeBary Hall

With a painting of the DeBary Hall founder, Frederick deBary, docent Randi Campis, right, gives a tour of the DeBary Hall in September 2020.

Join DeBary Hall Historic Site’s staff to commemorate its 150th anniversary with evening tours at 6 p.m. Saturdays, June 12 and 19, at 198 Sunrise Blvd., DeBary.

Built in 1871, DeBary Hall was the winter retreat of European-born wine merchant Frederick DeBary, who chose the St. Johns River country for his hunting estate. Overlooking the St. Johns River, it became a center of sport hunting and hospitality. It is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and includes DeBary Hall, the oldest intact building in southwest Volusia County.

Guests can tour the grounds and the mansion with DeBary family re-enactors and receive a “swag bag,” which includes a DeBary Hall champagne glass and more.

Admission is $10 for adults.

Explore the native and exotic landscaping at DeBary Hall with Master Naturalist Holly Giles at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, June 12.

Ms. Giles will lead guests on a short walk identifying native plants, such as coontie and sabal palms, the official state tree of Florida, and decorative landscaping implemented by the DeBary family.

Ms. Giles, a docent at DeBary Hall, has published works about using nature and community resources to learn more about where you live.

Participants should bring bottled water and sunscreen.

Bear Biologist Janelle Musser of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission as she discusses Florida black bear management at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 12. The shy and reclusive animals live in forested habitats but have been known to venture out in search of food – often from garbage cans.

Ms. Musser’s main job is handling and working to reduce human-bear conflicts in 22 counties covering central and northern Florida.

Local author Marcia Meara will present fascinating facts about opossums and armadillos at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 19.

Ms. Meara’s engaging presentation will explore the difference between the two animals, explain why an armadillo is considered a furry critter and share some beautiful pictures along the way.

Attendance is limited for the tours and the free presentations; advance registration is requested.

For a reservation, call (386) 668-3840 or email

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