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Volusia County families enjoy pristine beaches, lakes and rivers for many outdoor sports. The County is alive with cultural and recreational activities for all tastes and is home to 400,000 people. It's situated on real estate on the east coast of Central Florida, with the average summer temperature 81, the average winter temperature 61.5, and the average rainfall 48.46 inches.

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Latitude: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 11"N
County Seat: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DeLand
Land Area (Square Miles of real estate ) . . . . . . 1,105.9
Water Area (Square Miles): . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326.6

Contact Volusia County Realtors John  Hambrick and Angela Chapman to help you find that perfect waterfront, beachfront or small town home in this county or in any of the other surrounding counties in the region.  

The community of Volusia began as a trading post sometime in the first or second decade of the 1800s. Volusia was part of the huge land tract known as Mosquito County which was formed in 1828.  Volusia County, named after the community, was carved from Orange County real estate by the Florida legislature in 1854.

The Timucuan Indians are believed to be the earliest known inhabitants of Volusia County. Although this tribe was extinct by 1777, they left prominent reminders in the form of huge shell mounds. The largest and most important is Turtle Mound adjoining the Mosquito Lagoon. Turtle Mound is the highest point of land anywhere on Florida's east coast.

A French chronicler named D'Erlach in 1565 described the Timucuans' religious beliefs: "They have no idols or temples, for their God is a Great Spirit, whose dwelling is the universe, who is always near them, though invisible." However, another account tells of the Timucuans worshipping a fish painted on a board.

Early records show the Timucuans called Volusia County "Mayaca," part of Mayatuaca, the "freshwater province" of the Timucuan Indian nation.  When commercial steamships started to travel up and down the St. Johns, the community grew and was listed as one of four post offices in the County

How Volusia County gained its present name is not precisely known. Some historians feel it comes from the trading post known as Volusia or Volusia Landing located on the St. Johns River.

Another possible origin is "Euchee Land," the Indian name for the area between the St. Johns River and the Atlantic Ocean. The Spanish corrupted the name to Voluchee Land in the 1500s. Later, Voluchee Land was anglicized to Volusia.

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With 47 miles of Atlantic Ocean beaches, we are a world class playground, with beachfront cities including Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. The hard packed sand, gentle slope and wide expanse of Volusia County's beach is the perfect proving ground for early auto racing. Ormond Beach, in fact, is known as the "Birthplace of Speed."

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The racing tradition continues today on real estate at Daytona International Speedway, one of the world's finest racing facilities and the home of the world-famous Daytona 500, an event larger than the Super Bowl..

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The scenic St. Johns River, famed for its bass fishing, links magnificent parks with wildlife preserves along the County's western border. True Southern charm can be found in DeLand, the County seat. This unique city features award-winning downtown real estate filled with antique shops and quaint restaurants, surrounded by stately historic homes and buildings.

Volusia County-based companies include Hawaiian Tropic sun care products and Boston Whaler boats. Our  institutions of higher learning -- 

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stetson University, Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach Community College and the University of Central Florida -- have a national reputation for excellence.  This is also is the headquarters of the Ladies Professional Golf Association, the summer home of the London Symphony Orchestra and the winter refuge of the endangered Florida manatee.

Volusia County, Fl is about an hour's drive north of Disney World and the Kennedy Space Center and about 45 minutes from Orlando. It's also within a few hours drive of other major Florida communities, such as Tampa (139 miles), Miami (253 miles), or Jacksonville (89 miles).

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Central Florida Realtors Angela Chapman and John Hambrick
can help you find your new home here or in any of the surrounding communities.  Call to get relocation, retirement or golf course community information.  Choose a charming condo, villa or townhouse, a single family residence or a luxury estate.

The Volusia Community includes the Cities of:

Barberville, Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach Shores, Debary, Deland, DeLeon Springs, Deltona, Edgewater, Holly Hill, Lake Helen, New Smyrna Beach, Oak Hill, Orange City, Ormond Beach, Ormond-By-The-Sea, Pierson, Ponce Inlet, Port Orange, Seville and South Daytona.

Volusia County Central FL surfer ocean scene; Orlando waterfront homesclearIf Volusia County sounds like an ideal place to call home, call Metro Orlando Realtor John Hambrick and Volusia County Realtor Angela Chapman for relocation, retirement and golf course property information.

For Florida residents who turn away from the bustle of the city Volusia County offers more to do and see while maintaining its character.

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Ponce Inlet Lighthouse: Built in 1870, this 175-foot-tall brick tower still beams its warning light out to sea each night. The panoramic view from atop the lighthouse is magnificent. Several of the lighthouse keepers' cottages have been turned into a gift shop and nautical museum. There is an admission fee to climb to the top.

Turnbull Ruins: Located across from the municipal marina at Red Marker "38." This is the Turnbull Palace, heart of the 60,000-acre plantation begun in the late 1700s. The foundations are still in place. A plaque explains part of the Turnbull history.

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