Synopsis for Grand Hotels of West Volusia County

In the late 1800s men like Jacob Brock and Henry Addison DeLand introduced civilized comforts to the wild interior of West Volusia which resulted in a tourism boom that is still ongoing. Brock built the Brock House hotel and used his steamboats to bring such notables as DeLand and Presidents U.S. Grant and Rutherford B. Hayes there to vacation. Continued tourism growth brought about the need for more hotels. The Ponce de Leon Hotel was built around the fabled Fountain of Youth, while the bustling town of DeLand offered several more hotels, like the Putnam, Carrollton, College Arms, and DeLand Hotels. John Batterson Stetson vacationed in DeLand and then built a home, bought a hotel he renamed College Arms, and extended the railroad to his hotel’s doorstep for the convenience of his guests. These and other hotels helped shape the growth and history of West Volusia County.

Synopsis for Time Will Tell
A Confederate sniper is killed by a mysterious assassin just as he is about to kill General Ulysses S. Grant. Seven days later the historic surrender at Appomattox Courthouse ends the American Civil War. How did history change?
One hundred and fifty years later, missing Civil War re-enactor Charlie Cleary suddenly reappears at night in front of a truck in the middle of a highway. How did he get there?
Hours later, a sheriff is summoned graveside to investigate a plowed-up grave at a local farm. Among the bones and remnants of a Civil War uniform, there is a weathered cell phone. How did this cell phone end up in a grave that is over one hundred and fifty years old?
Read along with Charlie as he finds himself in another place and time faced with constant danger and an unknown future. Join him as he uncovers a forgotten friendship and begin a love story that becomes entangled with a diabolical plot to reshape the course of history. Discover for yourself the adventure that only Time Will Tell.

      Copyright 2012 by Larry French Historical Novelist
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The College Arms Hotel. This was one of the many majestic hotels which once existed in West Volusia County. Grand Hotels of West Volusia County shares rare images of at least nine of these magnificent landmarks in history.
Photo Courtesy of Stetson University, duPont-Ball Library, Memorabilia Collection.