Explore the Sights of Deland Florida
A letter from Bibi LeBlanc, creator of Culture to Color
The first book includes line art images of her current hometown, Deland Florida, the county seat of Volusia County.
The images are printed on 70 lb. paper and are ready to color with a pencil, brush, or marker without bleed through. They also include a description of the location.
This unique concept is a great way to plan a trip to the area, relax and be creative, or color with friends while you enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage. The book is appropriate for kids, too.
Adult coloring books can help with emotional and mental health issues, often suggested by health care professionals. The time and focus that adult coloring takes helps the individual remove the focus from the negative issues and habits and focus them in a positive, enjoyable way. Coloring also brings us back to a simpler time, and this coloring book serves as a guidebook to the city of DeLand, Florida.
A Brief History of DeLand
This town was originally called Persimmon Hollow for the wild persimmon trees that grow around the natural springs in the area. It was originally accessible only by steamboat on the St. Johns River. Located a few miles east of the St. Johns, the community grew steadily after its founding in 1876 by New York State baking soda merchant Henry Addison DeLand. The town was renamed after DeLand who bought over a hundred acres of land when realizing the potential of the hilly pine area for growing citrus. Henry DeLand sought to create a town that would become a center for culture, education, religion and enterprise – soon it became know as “the Athens of Florida”.
Northern visitors and friends of DeLand made regular trips here during the winter months. Many of them came seasonally, while others stayed. John Batterson Stetson built a winter home here and became a major benefactor to the college which was later renamed after him. Stetson also introduced electricity to Florida. He had one of Thomas A. Edison’s first power plants built in DeLand to provide his home with electricity and ice and also illuminates the city streets.
Persevered Despite Disaster
The town survived two disasters. In 1886, nearly all the town burned down when a fire started in a downtown saloon. As a result of the fire, no more saloons and wooden buildings were permitted; only brick and concrete buildings could be constructed in rebuilding the town.
The second disaster came in the form of a Great Freeze. In the winter of 1894-95 a freeze killed nearly all of the citrus trees. It warmed up and the trees sprouted new growth but another more severe freeze after New Year’s destroyed the citrus trees.