River Quest is a series of treasure hunts stretching throughout West Volusia County that utilize rhyming and riddle-like clues along with hand-drawn maps, icons and GPS coordinates to reveal special places and stories. They might meander through villages, historic sites, cemeteries, forests, wetlands and more. Quests are usually on-foot adventures that gently share and teach the cultural, historical and natural history of the region. They are a perfect way to spend special time with family or friends.
Current Quests include:
Persimmon Hollow Quest – Featuring the history of DeLand from its origins as a small river settlement, as recounted on our bronze markers throughout the Downtown DeLand historic district. It’s a nationally award-winning MainStreet community known for great shopping, dining, antiques and specialty shops and more.
DeBary’s Backcountry Retreat Quest – DeBary Hall was the winter retreat of a European-born wine merchant Frederick deBary who chose the St. Johns River country for his hunting estate. DeBary built a large vacation house and tried his hand at orange growing and commercial steamboating. Once an estate of more than 6,000 acres, today’s 10-acre historic site still includes the 8,000-square-foot main house, stables and other structures, plus artifacts from the working farm. You’ll find remarkable buildings, a treasure trove of historical images, and many good stories.