Deep in the Heart of Deerfield

Most of the furnishings in the house are original, save the dining room table -- replaced after the first one was used to board up the west dining room window in the hurricane of 1928. The beige wicker furniture suite was purchased in Palm Beach in 1923 for just $500. Alice's personal touches are still evident, including the breakfast nook's hand-stenciled wallpaper and violet bathroom fixtures from an art deco redecoration project.

"It's a nice walk," guide Pat Howell says of the tour. "And for people new to the area, it gives them a sense of connection to the community."

That's something harder to come by these days.
"What we got left is what was in the past, because everything else in town has been torn down, I think," sighs Collier, who watched Deerfield grow into Deerfield Beach. "The only sad part about it is that when we were small, everybody knew everybody, everybody looked out for everybody, but those days are gone now."

-- John Ferri

Deerfield Beach History Walking Tour. Cost is $5. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Held again December 13, January 10, February 14, and March 14. Bring comfortable shoes, hat, sunscreen, lunch, and snacks. Preregistration required. Departs from Sea Board Air Line Railway Station, 1300 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach; 954-360-1320.

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