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 in Haunted DeLand and the Ghosts of West Volusia County.
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.
Dusty Smith is the president of the Daytona Beach Paranormal Research Group, Inc. which has been working cases all over the south east since 1997. She is the president of The International Association of Cemetery Preservationists, Inc. a 501 © 3 nonprofit corporation that adopts, restores & preserves abandoned and neglected cemeteries.
She is the owner & chief tour guide for Haunts of the World’s Most Famous Beach ghost tours and has authored over 40 titles on the paranormal and cemetery preservation. She is the editor for Raven’s Loch Publishing House, owner of Sacred Raven Magickal Supplies and Ankou: The Official Digest of The IACP, Inc. and owns Grave Appeal; the first grave site maintenance company in Florida.
Her newest books, Haunted Daytona Beach: A Ghostly Tour of the World’s Most Famous Beach & Haunted DeLand and the Ghosts of West Volusia County are the first ever written about the area.