DeLand Is Florida's Only Recipient of Great American Main Street Award

By: Hilda Mitrani


One of the charms of DeLand is the exquisite brick architecture crowned by majestic oak trees. The oaks were planted as long ago as 1886. At that time, when tax coffers weren’t full enough, residents received a 50-cent tax break for each oak tree they planted.

Oak trees alone are enough reason for me to go sit for a spell. 

But this weekend, there’s another. Taste of DeLand, a culinary festival, is this coming Sat., Jan. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. Held each year, the event features delicacies from 30 area restaurants. Along with the delicious food, there is wonderful entertainment.

It all takes place in Downtown DeLand, a historic city that dates to the 1800s. DeLand today is a gem of the Main Street USA movement begun by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in the late 1970s to preserve small towns. 

DeLand boasts three historic neighborhoods and it remains the sole Florida recipient of the “Great American Main Street Award.” It’s one of just 55 towns to earn this prestigious designation by the National Trust.

Residents and visitors today enjoy the beauty the original citizens envisioned, and the current ones maintain.

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