Sunday, December 28th
The Butler House
On December 28th The Deerfield Beach Historical Society will present another in the series of Sundays at the Butler House.
There will be special exhibits, craft workshops, Holiday music, food and free tours of the Butler House.
Deerfield’s First Church
A small group from the local Deerfield farming community started a Baptist congregation in 1908. It wasn’t until 1913 that First Baptist Church of Deerfield was built behind the present day Kraeer Funeral Home.
Among the charter members of the church were Jim and Alice Butler who also helped with the construction of the church. They remained active in the church throughout their lifetime.
The church is no longer there, but the old parsonage remains and is used as a retreat for visiting missionaries.
The Original Downtown
The original center of commerce in Deerfield was located on Dixie Highway near what today is Hillsboro Boulevard. In the early 1900′s Saxon General Merchandise provided staples , hardware, gifts and more.
At that time it was no more than shell rock road approx 9’ wide. As it does now it faced the FEC railroad tracks on the west side. It consisted of 5 buildings as well as two hotels. The Pioneer Hotel was located on the south end of the shops and the Australian Hotel to the north. One of the stores was operated by E.M. Thomas. Mr. Thomas was Mr. J.D. Butler’s brother-in-law. Mr. Thomas served as the first post master in Deerfield appointed in 1898 and was also the FEC station master. Mr. Thomas also operated the Australian Hotel.