Founded in 1876 by Henry A. DeLand, ?The Athens of Florida?, Deland Florida is a city that takes pride its rich history and culture. Deland is home of Stetson University which was originally founded by Henry DeLand in 1883 as the DeLand Academy. Other points of historical interest include the Athens Theater, Dutton House, Michaelos Building and the building in which South Trust Bank resides, originally the first department store in 1898. While visiting the historic sites, take a walk down Main Street Deland, which houses over 150 business?s from antique shops to tailors and 4 museums. A look at the Deland Florida map will show you the St. Johns River, perfect for a day of boating, fishing or manatee watching. You will also find the Deland Municipal Airport, which accommodates private, and charter aircraft and is home to Skydive Deland, a renowned skydiving center. Do not forget to stop by one of the six sports stadium, complex or fields and catch a game of baseball. Baseball is favorite pastime for the residents of Deland, hometown to Chipper Jones a pro baseball player. Full of history and relaxing pastimes, Deland Florida is a treasure for most anyone to enjoy.