Persimmon Hollow

"I supposed you have heard all about our earthquake before this. There were some pretty frightened people here that night. A number thought the world was coming to an end."
-- Lucy Mead Parce, January 1879
Source: "The Parce Letters: Voices From the Past"

The Central Florida city of DeLand was once known as Persimmon Hollow.  That was before New York entrepreneur Henry A. DeLand bought land and established a new settlement in the pines in the mid 1870s. 

My novels are inspired by Persimmon Hollow but are total works of fiction. The blog posts linked on this page are devoted to true items of general interest about the early days of the settlement. The quote is from a letter written by Henry DeLand's sister-in-law to her family in the North. 

Persimmon Hollow blog posts


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