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Step back in time
at Lilian Place & Hotchkiss House!

Current and Upcoming Events:

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Upcoming events at Lilian Place or Hotchkiss House: (see below for details)
Click the event to purchase your ticket(s) today!

Friday, July 12th Whodunit Mystery Dinner "The Emerald Heist"

Saturday, July 13th Whodunit Mystery Dinner "The Emerald Heist"

Tuesday, July 16th Afternoon Tea

Saturday, July 20th Dining with the Spirits

Sunday, July 28th Afternoon Tea

Daily Tours of Lilian Place Victorian Museum 1-4pm, closed Monday, Tuesday and special event days.

All donations welcome!  Please support preservation! 

 The Heritage Preservation Trust (HPT) is an 501c3 a nonprofit organization. Unlike most of the local museums and historic sites who receive city funding, the HPT alone must pay all renovation and operating expenses on these historic properties.  Contributions are critical if we are to continue our work to protect these irreplaceable architectural and cultural sites.  Your cash donation or ticket purchase will directly contribute to the restoration efforts at both Hotchkiss House and Lilian Place, preserving their legacies and enabling us to showcase the rich history of Daytona Beach for generations to come.  All donations, big or small, will be acknowledged and greatly appreciated!


You are cordially invited to an

Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea with freshly brewed "premier" teas, tasty little sandwiches, desserts, and scones!

Graciously served at the Historic 1905 Hotchkiss House

by our attentive volunteers.

Plus a tour of the beautiful historic

1884 Lilian Place Victorian Museum!

Click here to choose your date and purchase your ticket(s) today!

$30.00+tx ($31.95) per person

Or email to schedule your private tea for a group of 25 or more

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Enjoy dinner and an evening of mystery on the riverfront at

 the Historic 1905 Hotchkiss House!

Mystery Dinner Theaters


We need your help figuring out who dun it?

what weapon was used? why the artifact was stolen?

where the crime took place?


Begin the evening enjoying a decadent dinner then...

when your host is found dead or an important piece of history is stolen 

you interrogate the suspects, collect the clues,

and hopefully, solve the mystery.


​Join our cast for an unforgettable experience

as we present for your entertainment

A Whodunit Mystery!

Fun, Food, and a Mystery to solve –

all in one memorable night!

Includes a 4-course dinner and mystery!

Then you join the investigation to discover Whodunit!

Select nights available.

For more here.

$74.95+tax per person

Hotchkiss House, 1000 S. Peninsula Dr., Daytona Beach

Includes 4 course dinner and mystery!

Seating is limited!

Or contact us to schedule your private Mystery Dinner for 20 or more.

(dates based on actors availabliity)

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Join us at Lilian Place Museum

for an evening of 

History, Spirits and Legends! 

An exclusive paranormal investigation of

Daytona's oldest beachside house!

Believer and skeptics alike will enjoy the evening ghost hunting after dark in the period rooms of the historic museum!

From 8:30-10:30pm 

you join in the paranormal experience! 


Limited space nightly!

Join us for this Exclusive Experience!

"Dining with the Spirits"

& History, Spirits and Legends ghost hunt...7:00 to 10:00pm

The Victorians loved their traditions, etiquette, and of course- a good ghost story!


Spiritualism –

the belief that the dead communicate with the living- became highly popular in the in the Victorian Era, and communing with spirits became a wide spread Parlor activity.

"Dining With the Spirits"

blends history, dining, and paranormal investigation

into a night of anticipation and wonder!

4-course Dinner at Hotchkiss House with "sneak peek investigation"

and a VIP Ghost Hunt at Lilian Place!

$74.95+tx per person

(Space is limited,)



Be sure to visit Lilian Place Heritage Center's two historic homes - Lilian Place (Museum) and Hotchkiss House (Cultural Events) on 2.5 beautiful acres on the riverfront in Daytona Beach.  

Preservation efforts started in 2009 at Lilian Place and 2012 at Hotchkiss House by the Heritage Preservation Trust.

Help us continue the preservation efforts by donating today! Or become a HPT member and enjoy member benefits!
Donations appreciated!  All proceeds go toward the preservation of 1884 Lilian Place and 1905 Hotchkiss House.  Heritage Preservation Trust is a 501c3 nonprofit.

Become a Heritage Preservation Trust member

and help to preserve these historic properties.

Only $25 for a single membership/$40 for a family membership annually.

Click for member/sponsorship options.

Wine Down event


This group will meet monthly but crafting activities will happen daily.  We will be making seasonal wreaths, arrangements and decorative items to sell in the Museum Shop, all training and materials will be provided.

To join call 386-256-4810 for additional information or contact us today! 
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View past online history presentations below:

August 19 Winedown

Historian Ed Siarkowicz President of the Flagler Historical Society presents

“Hewitt's Revolutionary War Sawmill and Dam.”

John Hewitt was an expert builder and contractor who arrived in St. Augustine before the American Revolution in 1768. He obtained a 1,000 acre property near Pellicer Creek in what is now Flagler County and shortly thereafter built a sophisticated water powered sawmill.

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June 17th Winedown

Presentation by Ryan Lowry,

history researcher and artifact collector:

“Stalemate on Peleliu: A Forgotten Battle”


Hear the tale of Private John McEnroe who was a flamethrower sent to the Pacific front.  On September 15th, 1944, the stage was set for one of the most dramatic clashes between the United States and Japan. Within the first few days, nearly an entire U.S. Marine regiment would be decimated. Only after 74 days of combat on a coral island would the fighting finally come to an end


July 15th Winedown

Presentation by Ashley Andrews Lear, Professor of Humanities at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: 

"Women of To-Morrow: The Social Activism of Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Ellen Glasgow."


For Rawlings and Glasgow, the very act of writing as women was a political act.  Glasgow founded the Richmond SPCA and was a leading advocate for women's rights and the suffrage movement.  Rawlings was an avid conservationist and staunch defender of the Cracker community.  Both women were known for their progressive views on race relations, especially toward the end of their career. This presentation will examine where their activism converged and how it helped to form this important literary friendship.


May 20th Winedown

Presentation by Zach Zacharias,

Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History Museum of Arts and Sciences Daytona Beach, Florida:

Early History of Tourism in Northeast Florida

Discover the roots of how Florida became one of the great tourist destinations in the world. Learn about the invalids, wealthy northerners, and sportsman all came to Florida not long after becoming a territory in 1821.


Please help us to continue to offer interesting speakers each month.  Donate today!

Like the presentations?  Show your support for future Lilian Place history events by donating now!  Donations appreciated!

Future Lilian Place History Winedowns may be held at Hotchkiss House, 1000 S Peninsula Dr, Daytona Beach, FL

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