Volusia County's West Side: Steamboats & Sandhills

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This collection of popular "Sense of Place" columns by Daytona Beach News-Journal award-winning writer Ronald Williamson chronicles the sleepy streams, poignant passages and timeless traditions of the hilly western side of Volusia County—a place quite different from the hustle and bustle of the Daytona Beach area. Majestic St. Johns River steamboats replace speeding racecars, and subdued séances at an old spiritualist camp replace brash biker bashes and spring break revelry. From slavery and segregation to Madame Clarissa Zaraza and mayhaw jelly from swampy creeks, these stories are a moving account from a master storyteller.
ISBN: 9781596295629
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: Florida
Series: American Chronicles
Images: 60
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Ronald Williamson lived in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 1972 when he married a DeLand native whose family traced its roots in Volusia County to 1803. He fell under the spell of the St. Johns River country and began writing stories about this place that fascinated natives and transplanted residents alike. A natural storyteller, his knowledge is gleaned through more than three decades of local reporting about news, personalities and history for the Daytona Beach News-Journal. He has won numerous writing awards on a regional, state and national level.
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