DeBary Hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places located at 198 Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary. Our tour started at the Visitor Center at the DeBary Historic Site. A virtual movie in the Imagidome Theater depicts people traveling on a steamship down the St. Johns River, the sensation of cruising on the river. Afterwards we took a one hour tour of the Hunting Lodge. The tour guide went into each room giving a thorough account.
The town of DeBary named after Frederic DeBary a European Aristocrat born in Frankfurt, Germany. He was the sole agent for G.H. Mumm & Co. one of the largest champagne companies in France making a fortune in the import business that imported French wines and mineral water. He also owned a steamship company and was involved in the citrus industry.
Frederic DeBary built a Hunting Lodge in the late 19th century. Other buildings on the property include a Carriage House and Stables, Tenant House and Caretakers Residence that was once a laundress cottage and an Ice House. The Carriage House and Stables restored with artifacts that show the Citrus Industry before the freeze in the 1890s. A Hunting Wagon and a Traveling Wagon are on display. Plaques in the Tenant House give of a history of the era and its inhabitants.
A couple on our tour rode their bicycles on the 2¼-mile trail that is on the property. Prices and hours of operation on the website.