Sitting atop a hill in DeLand, Florida is an old hospital that’s been around since the 1920s. The stately building was constructed during the land boom era and dedicated to the service men of World War II.
After falling into a state of disrepair, the old hospital was renovated and converted into a eclectic community museum. The museum is known for its early 20th century medical equipment and accurate recreations of an operating room, an apothecary, and a doctor’s office of that era.
Other rooms showcase military and veteran artifacts, an ice and electricity collection, antique toys, and a gallery dedicated to black heritage.
Perhaps what draws the most interest from visitors is a room known as “Elephant Fantasyland.” It houses more than 1000 elephants collected by one woman.
Come along for a tour of this interesting, often over-looked museum just a few blocks from historic downtown DeLand.