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The Deerfield Beach Historical Society’s
Holiday Craft Fair
Sunday, November 30th
The Butler House
1-5 PM


On November 30th The Deerfield Beach Historical Society will present a Holiday Craft Fair at The Historic Butler House. We are still looking for vendors with handmade crafts to be sold at the event.

This is another in the series of Sundays at the Butler House.
In addition to the Craft Fair, there will a display and auction of quilts from Threads, the prayer shawl ministry of First Baptist of DFB.

There will be music, food and free tours of the Butler House.

Moment #2

DeerfieldMoments_logoSeminole Hunting Camp

Sullivan Park Memorial

During the Second Seminole Indian War, 1835-1861, there was a traditional Seminole hunting camp in the area that is now Sullivan Park in Deerfield Beach. On April 1, 1838, Lieutenant Robert Anderson took as prisoners Chief Tuskegee and 45 followers. This was the single largest capture of Indians in Southeast Florida during the Dedicate Plaquewar.

In 1976, as a part of a bi-centennial celebration, the Woman’s Club of Deerfield Beach placed a commemorative plaque on a rock in Sullivan Park, where it remains today.

Months before his capture, Chief Tuskegee attempted to broker a truce that would have allowed the Seminoles to remain in Southeast Florida. The treaty was rejected by the Secretary of War in Washington, DC.

Lieutenant Robert Anderson went on to gain immortal fame as Commandant of Fort Sumter at the beginning of the American Civil War.

Moment #1

The Beginning of Deerfield

The Role of the Railroad


Before it became Deerfield Beach, our town was simply called Deerfield. It was Henry Flagler’s railroad that brought the town of Deerfield into being in the 19th century.    Even before it was called Deerfield, this area was called Hillsborough.


Rail Road History

In 1898, C.E. Hunt, a Civil Engineer for the Florida East Coast Railroad, came upon the Hillsborough River. He platted 12 acres between the railroad tracks and the intracoastal waterway and named it Hillsborough ( named after the Earl of Hillsborough) .
At the time, the permanent population was about 20.
Over the next several years, the railroad continued to move south and the number of passengers increased. Both local engineers and the train passengers on the railroad were struck by an abundance of deer as they passed by. The reputation grew and the name was changed to Deerfield.



Your talents and volunteering spirit are important to the success and future of the Deerfield Beach Historical Society. Won’t you give a few hours of your time to “help make history” by supporting the operations and activities of the Society? There are many opportunities to volunteer in a variety of capacities to suit any interest or skill level. By volunteering your time, you’ll meet interesting people, have fun, and help us tell the story of Deerfield Beach, all the while learning more about our City’s colorful past.

Here are some opportunities where you can help:
Be a Docent at the Butler House, the home of the DFB Historical Society
Be the Volunteer Coordinator
Help plan and volunteer at various Special Events
Assist with advertising and publicity
Join workdays and cleanup operations at the Butler House
Assist with general housekeeping chores
Prepare holiday activities and programs
Collect, preserve and document stories for the archives
Be a storyteller or programmer
Assist with the internet and website functionalities
Sort and label historical items.

To find out you can help contact 561-299-8684

Stop By This Sunday

Sundays on Oct 26

Tour the Butler House
Antique Car Show
Halloween Festivities

Sunday, October 26th

2-5 PM
300 East Hillsboro Blvd.

Halloween is near and what house in Deerfield Beach has more old stories than The Butler House. This Sunday there will be free tours, an antique car show, music, food and fun.