Please Help Save Stockton-Lindquist-House   DeLand Fl's Oldest Home

244 East Beresford Ave.             386 626 4439 

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Stockton Lindquist House is DeLands Oldest Home 1870 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located just under a mile from historic downtown DeLand with all its wonderful community activities and world class restaurants.The property has just been added to the Florida Archaeological Site Listing as the Andrew & Mary Lindquist Residence Aboriginal Site. As well as being recogonized by the Fl. Bureau of Folklife and most recently SLH was designated by the Volusia County Register of Historic Places.

To see the most recent article about SLH go to the link below.

 A lovely article about SLH DeLand Florida's Oldest Home in the Daytona News Journal , written by Valerie Whitney on Mar.7 2012 . Read a condensed version below

 DELAND -- The first time TerryAnn Thomas laid eyes on the house at 244 E. Beresford Ave., it was, in her words, "a wreck."

 "I rode by it. It had a 'For Sale' sign on it. The windows were broken out on the first floor. There were 11 windows boarded up," Thomas said, recalling that day in 1996. 

 The windows are all fixed now, thanks to Thomas, who purchased the home and spent most of the past decade restoring it.

 On March 24, she will open it to the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for free tours.

 Thomas said she wasn't looking to buy a home back then because she owned one in Lake County.

 Still, she was intrigued by the house which was built in 1870, making it one of the oldest in the area.

 "I went upstairs to look around with the Realtors and when I came back down, I said: I'll take it," said Thomas, who paid $59,900 for the house, according to public records.

 Since then, she said, she has spent a lot of time and money into the 4,000-square-foot property, including updating the electrical system and replacing the boards in the covered wrap-around front porch on the first floor. The house also has received a new coat of paint, both inside and out, thanks to volunteers -- some of whom have used the project to meet community service hours mandated by the justice system.

 "We used recycled paints and we have been using hand-me down furnishings," as well as Victorian style-items found at garage sales, said Luis Madrigal, executive director of the Stockton-Lindquist House Foundation for Historic Preservation Inc.

 In 2004, the property now known as the Stockton-Lindquist House, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

 The name, meanwhile, is reflective of two of the earliest families that owned the home. A. H. Stockton purchased the house in 1870. In 1884, the family operated a dry good store in downtown DeLand. Stockton also sold real estate, and Henry DeLand was one customer. The Stockton family left DeLand in 1885 or 1886, according to records.

 Andrew Lindquist purchased the house in 1892 and various family members lived there until 1969, Madrigal said. 

 The foundation now offers tours of the property four times a year. Madrigal and Thomas greet guest in Victorian-era attire. The March 24 date was picked to coincide with the DeLand Outdoor Art Festival across the street in the park, according to Madrigal. He said the foundation is looking for vendors who might be interested in setting up on the grounds for a small fee during the event.

 Andrew Lindquist, meanwhile, was a jack-of-all trades. He and his son, Alexis, removed the roof and added the second and third floors to the house in order to accommodate his family of seven.

 "The evidence of this can still be seen in the third story roof where the men reused the boards they had removed from the first floor roof to dry in the third," Madrigal said.

 He said research also shows electric lights were added in 1943 and indoor plumbing in 1948. The house was heated by four fireplaces -- one in the living room, one in the dining room and in two of the four bedrooms on the second floor.

 "It is a great old house. Everybody wants to see it," said Thomas, who resides in the third-floor studio apartment.