Deerfield’s Pioneer Housing
Originally from West Virginia, brothers Stuart and William Kester settled in Florida in the 1920‘s and began building their trademark cottages in the Pompano/Deerfield area in 1937.
Their houses were build of Dade County Heart pine and were equipped with running water and indoor plumbing. There were 1, 2, 3 and an occasional 4-bedroom model. They were painted white and all had their trademark shutters with assorted cutouts, all which were made on site.
Thursday, March 26
6pm to 8pm
Seaboard Airline Railroad Station
1300 W Hillsboro Blvd
( Amtrak Station-turn south, just east of the tracks)
Join us for dinner and dancing to the sounds of “It Takes Two”
Railroad Museum Tours
$25 per person
For reservations or more information email
Deerfield Goes Bankrupt
The 1929 Crash Hits Hard
Still struggling to recover from hurricanes in 1926 and 1928, when the stock market crashed in 1929, Deerfield was hard hit again.
Still a farming community, Deerfield was able to grow crops, but there was no market to sell the crops.
This eventually lead to the City declaring bankruptcy and city workers going without pay for long stretches. Many homes and lots were deserted and sold for only the taxes owed. Eventually the city began to get back to work with help from WPA.
This photo is a WPA project where the city tennis courts are today.
Sally J. Ling
Out of Mind,Out of Sight
Wednesday, March 18th
Deerfield Beach City Hall, Commission Chambers
Join local historian and author Sally Ling as she shares her book, Out of Mind, Out of Sight. A revealing history of the Florida State Hospital at Chattahoochee and mental health care in Florida.
This presentation is part of History at High Noon, a series of talks sponsored by the Deerfield Beach Historical Society. Light refreshments are served; free entrance, donations accepted.
Deerfield Is Devastated
1926 & 1928 Hurricanes
The newly formed City of Deerfield, established in 1925, was was hit by two major hurricanes in 1926 and a category 4 hurricane in 1928. The first is referred to as The Miami Hurricane and hit the hardest south of Deerfield.
It still caused considerable damage here and the city was still recovering in 1928 when, with little warning, another hurricane came ashore in Deerfield with 140 mile an hour winds.
This damaged almost every building in the city. This hurricane, also referred to as the Okeechobee Hurricane, moved on to hit Lake Okeechobee where at least 2,500 people drowned.This made it the second most deadly tropical cyclone in the history of the United States.