Historic Preservation Board

Historic Orange City

The town’s founders purchased nearly 5000 acres of Internal Improvement Land in 1875 for $1.25 an acre. The Historic District, established in 1997, encompasses the original one square mile boundary of the town during the time of incorporation on August 26, 1882. The Historic District has 217 contributing structures dating back to 1876. Dominated by Frame and Masonry Vernacular, the district has fine examples of Bungalow, Classic Revival, Colonial Revival, Gothic Revival, and Mediterranean Revival genres. The collection of buildings contributes to the historic character of Orange City, giving the community a sense of place, charm and distinction.

Looking south towards E. Graves Avenue from Oak Avenue, c.1890.

When the city streets were first laid out, Graves Avenue was the traditional main street of town. The first business on the street was owned by David P. Graves, hence the name. Many founding families’ names are still visible on street signs throughout the historic district, including Thorpe, Holly, Carpenter, and Sparkman. In 1881, W. W. West laid a narrow gauge rail from his store, at the corner of Holly and Graves, down the center of Graves Avenue and all the way to Blue Spring Landing. The rail cart was pulled by a mule. The tracks were later improved to standard gauge by the Orange City, Blue Spring, and Atlantic Railway. By 1887, the tracks extended all the way to New Smyrna and were soon acquired by the Florida East Coast Railway. The train stopped running through town in the early 1930s as the automobile increased in popularity.

FEC Steam Engine #9 at intersection of E. Graves Avenue and S. Holly Avenue, c.1910.

The proliferation of automobiles prompted the demand for better roads. In 1926, the City celebrated the construction of the Black Bear trail. Today, this road is better known as Volusia Avenue, or US HWY 17-92. Sadly, many of the storefronts and oak trees that once lined Volusia Avenue were demolished to make way for the new road. When the road was widened again in the 1980’s, more historic structures were razed. Still, several significant historic resources remain. These include The 1876 Heritage Inn, the original Orange City Mineral Springs Water Company, The Dickinson Memorial Library, and a number of fine homes.

Orange City Waterworks, c.1950s.

Historic District Information Brochure (PDF)

Historic District Map (PDF)

Historic Walking Tour

Enjoy a self guided Historic Walking Tour of the traditional neighborhood, available for download on your mobile device.  Expanded tour coming soon!

Historical Walking Tour (PDF)

Historic Preservation Board

The Historic Preservation Board consists of five members who shall be unrelated and shall reside within the city limits of Orange City, except that one may be resident of the West Volusia area that has an interest in Orange City and historic preservation. Board Members are appointed by the City Council for a term of three years.

This volunteer advisory board oversees the historic area created in 1997 which encompasses the original one square mile boundary of the City of Orange City, as established in 1882. The Orange City Historic District was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. The district contains a variety of architectural styles, including Bungalow, Frame Vernacular, Classical Revival, and Colonial Revival.

The Board recommends to the City Council historic property and landmark designations, as well as programs to stimulate public interest in historic preservation. The Board also advises property owners and local agencies concerning the proper protection, maintenance, enhancement, and preservation of cultural resources.

The Historic Preservation Board meetings are typically held on the third Thursday of each month beginning at 4 p.m.  Unless otherwise noted, meetings will take place in the Development Services Conference Room located at 205 E. Graves Avenue, Orange City, FL 32763. For more information, please contact the Development Services Department at (386) 775-5415.

Historic Preservation Board Members

Member NameSeat #E-mailTerm Expires
Donna Cobb1donnawilliamcobb@yahoo.com07/25/2018
Deneen Temperly-Jones2coolneen13@gmail.com07/25/2019
Thomas Eidel Sr.3dd944snipe@aol.com07/25/2019
Ted Marsolek4thmarsolek@gmail.com07/24/2018
Kerry Donaway5Kerrydonaway@aol.com07/25/2019

Are you interested in volunteering on a city advisory board? Please fill out the application below and identify which board you wish to serve on. Applications are received by the City Clerk’s office. Citizens are eligible to serve on one advisory board at a time.  Download Application (PDF)

Meeting Agendas and Minutes:

2017 AgendasAgenda ItemsMinutes
November 16th 2017
Complete Packet
October 19th 2017
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September 21st 2017
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August 24th 2017
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5A, 5BAugust 24th 2017
July 20th 2017
Complete Packet
July 20th 2017
June 15th 2017
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June
15th 2017
May 18th 2017
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May
18th 2017
April 20th 2017
Complete Packet
April 20th 2017
March 23rd 2017
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March 23rd 2017
February 16th 2017
January 19th 2017
Complete Packet
January 19th 2017
2016 AgendasAgenda ItemsMinutes
December 15th 2016
Complete Packet
November 17th 2016
Complete Packet
November 17th 2016
October 20th 2016
Complete Packet
October 20th 2016
September 15th 2016
August 18th 2016
Complete Packet
August 18th 2016
July 21st 2016Cancelled
June 16th 2016
Complete Packet
June 16th 2016
May 19th 2016
Complete Packet
May 19th 2016
April 21st 2016
Complete Packet
April 21st 2016
March 17th 2016
Complete Packet
Attachment AMarch 17th 2016
February 18th 2016
Complete Packet
February 18th 2016
January 21st 2016
Cancelled
2015 AgendasMinutes
December 17th 2015
Complete Packet
December 17th 2015
November 19th 2015
Complete Packet
November 19th 2015
October 15th 2015Cancelled
September 17th 2015Cancelled
August 20th 2015August 20th 2015
July 16th 2015Cancelled
June 18th 2015Cancelled
May 21st 2015May 21st 2015
February 19th 2015Cancelled

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Historic Preservation Board Publications:

Historic District Map (PDF)
Historical Walking Tour (PDF)
Code of Ordinances

Historic Resources

Important Links:

Step Back in Time http://www.ourorangecity.com/about-our-city/orange-city-town-history/

“Our Story of Orange City” http://www.ourorangecity.com/about-our-city/orange-city-town-history/

Orange City Once Upon a Time https://youtu.be/gfNdeCVB-IQ

Blue Spring State Park https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Blue-Spring

West Volusia Historical Society www.delandhouse.org

History of Volusia County http://www.volusia.org/residents/history/index.stml

River of Lakes Heritage Corridor http://riveroflakesheritagecorridor.org/

National Register of Historic Places in Volusia County http://www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/fl/volusia/state.html

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