DeLand, FL (DLD)
The self-styled “Athens of Florida,” DeLand boasts a thriving historic Garden District and also hosts an annual juried art show featuring more than 200 artists from across the nation.
2491 Old New York Avenue
DeLand, FL 32720
Annual Station Ridership (2016): 22,374
- Facility Ownership: Amtrak
- Parking Lot Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Platform Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
- Track Ownership: Florida Department of Transportation
For information about Amtrak fares and schedules, please call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245).
The DeLand Amtrak station sits about three miles south and west of downtown DeLand at the junction of a rail spur to downtown and the main line. This Craftsman style station, built in 1918 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad, has been fully restored to its original condition at a cost of $424,471. The work included Craftsman-style paint color and trim over the shell-dash exterior, new roof, platform canopy, remodeled bathrooms and new walkways. The restoration was a joint effort of Volusia County, Amtrak and CSX. Funds were provided by grant monies from the Florida Department of Transportation. The rededication ceremony was held on December 21, 2006, and the following year, the station received a Preservation Award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
There is a plan to make the station the focus of a development of townhouses, retail space, office space and a hotel. The plan is aimed at boosting the chance of success for future commuter rail, as well as providing living space and amenities near convenient transit.
DeLand has had six depots since rail started coming to the city in 1884. The first depot was built on the east end of the branch on West New York Avenue in 1885 by the Orange Ridge, DeLand and Atlantic Railroad. The second depot was built at the junction around 1890 by the Jacksonville, Tampa and Key West Railroad. The third was built at the end of the spur line to serve the College Arms Hotel and was both a passenger and freight depot—wealthy northerners often shipped their automobiles via baggage car, and took them off there. The fourth depot was constructed between 1891 and 1895 for the orange grower and university founder, John B. Stetson, on North Spring Garden Avenue so that he could ship oranges more easily. The present Amtrak facility is the sixth and only surviving depot.
In 1874, Captain John Rich built a cabin in Persimmon Hollow to the east of the St. Johns River in an area that would become the city of DeLand. Henry Addison DeLand, a baking soda magnate from Fairport, N.Y., visited the Rich family and envisioned a citrus, agricultural and tourism center, and so he bought land and founded the town, naming it for himself. He sold his New York business, hired people to clear the land and lay out streets and recruit settlers, most of whom came from upstate New York. Incorporated in 1882, the city became the seat of Volusia County in 1887.
Henry DeLand established the DeLand Academy in 1883 to enhance the community’s culture and stature, as well as encourage the land development boom. However, the momentous freeze of 1885 destroyed the orange crop, rendering the land almost worthless. Returning to his home in the north, DeLand entrusted the school to his friend, Philadelphia hat manufacturer John B. Stetson. In 1889, the school was renamed John B. Stetson University in honor of its chief patron, later just Stetson University. In 1900, it became the first law school in Florida.
The Navy built an airbase in Deland during World War II, which was turned over to the city in 1946 and now serves as its municipal airport. Deland, the self-styled “Athens of Florida,” home to a thriving historic Garden District, also hosts a juried art show of over 200 artists from all over the nation each November at their Fall Festival of the Arts.
Amtrak provides ticketing and baggage services at this station, which is served by four daily trains.
- 3 Short Term Parking Spaces
- 17 Long Term Parking Spaces
- Accessible Payphones
- Accessible Platform
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Ticket Office
- Accessible Waiting Room
- Accessible Water Fountain
- Baggage Storage
- Bike Boxes
- Checked Baggage
- Dedicated Parking
- Enclosed Waiting Area
- Help With Luggage
- Shipping Boxes
- Ticket Office
- Wheelchair Lift