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 known as Persimmon Hollow before New York entrepreneur Henry A. DeLand bought land and established a new settlement in the pines in the mid 1870s. This page is devoted to 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. 

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