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Become a DBHS Member Today

Using our secure payment system, for as little as $60 a year, you can enjoy the many benefits of being a Delray Beach Historical Society member! JOIN NOW »
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Explore the ESW Archive Learning Center

The Ethel Sterling Williams History Learning Center is open to visitors for history research and to view exhibits. EXPLORE NOW »
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Past and Present

When it was founded in 1964, DBHS set out to collect and preserve the stories, artifacts, and memorabilia from the area’s founding families to provide an authentic record of how we got started and where we are going. READ MORE »


Cason Cottage Museum

Explore local history, South Florida lifestyle, climate, and architecture, as our focus is on the years 1915 to 1935, and this historic house is furnished as if a family lived there in that period.

Click here to view Cason Cottage Museum Tours & Special Event Photos.

Walking Tour Brochure
There are many “beach memories” here—the days when the Barefoot Mailman used to walk the beach to deliver mail in sparsely settled old Dade County and stopped for the night at the House of Refuge; the days when the shops on Atlantic Avenue shut down at the call, “the blue fish are running”; and the night in the 1930s when a smuggler’s cache of rum washed up on the beach just before the end of prohibition.