Haunted DeLand and the Ghosts of West Volusia County

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Author and Haunted DeLand tour guide Dusty Smith recounts a century of ghostly history in the bustling historic community of DeLand, the Athens of Florida. Specters include those of Jeannette Barnhill, whose ghost drove her real estate mogul widower mad by standing behind him to keep a constant watch on his accounting books, and of the guest killed in the 1917 Putnam Hotel fire who leaves the smell of burnt wood and flesh in the air. Forlorn lovers Ruby and Joshua, a freed slave and a plantation foreman, and Suzanna Brown, who jumped to her death with unrequited love for a Stetson professor, are included, as well as the ghostly horse-drawn hearse that has been seen parked alongside what was once the Old Casket Company. From steamboat captains to Spiritualist camp residents, DeLand's ghosts are sure to delight visitors and residents alike in this stirring account of the area's historic haunts.
ISBN: 9781596295261
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: Haunted America
Images: 45
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Dusty Smith is the chief researcher and founder of the Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group, Inc. She holds certifications as a ghost hunter and paranormal investigator, as well degrees in biology, psychology, and theology that aid her in her scientific approach to the field of the paranormal. Dusty has worked cases all over the Southeast and her work has been featured regional publications, as well as the books Real Ghosts, Restless Spirits, and Haunted Places, Ghost Hunters of America, Ghost Stories of Florida, Haunted Places, The Encyclopedia of Haunted Places, and Ghost Hunters of the South. The work of DBPRG has also appeared on A Haunting in Florida (The Discovery Channel), A Haunting (Village Films), and Nitido (Telemundo). Dusty is a storyteller and lecturer and is currently a staff writer & photographer for Epitaphs, a magazine for fans of cemetery and graveyard history, lore, legend and arts. She is the author of Haunted Daytona Beach (The History Press).
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