Hall is a third generation Floridian from Jacksonville who absolutely adores DeLand! She received a B.A. from Stetson University (DeLand) in 1967 and a Master's Degree in Learning Disabilities from Francis Marion University in Florence South Carolina where her husband taught philosophy and religion.
During her 30 years as an educator she established two educational institutions in South Carolina: the Marion County Museum and Wildlife Action’s Fork Retch Environmental Education Center. While a museum director she also directed the SC Rural Arts Program for the county.
For the above endeavors she received local, state, and national recognition including the SC State Archives Award for "Adaptive Restoration of an Historic Facility" (an 1886 schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the longest operating public school in the state), the 1993 National Environmental Women of Action Award for South Carolina, and the 1995 SC Wildlife Federation Education Conservationist Award. Due to her environmental work she was featured in two national film documentaries, "Conserving America: The Rivers" for efforts to preserve the Little Pee Dee River and "When A Tree Falls" for halting a highway through wetlands. For those projects she was interviewed in the July 1995 issue of Southern Living.
Since returning to DeLand in 1999 Hall established two businesses: West Volusia Properties and FloridaWild Veterinary Hospital. Due to her preservation and historic restoration projects in DeLand Hall received numerous honors including the 2005 "Faith, Hope, and Charity Community Service Award" and three state honors in 2006: The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation "Individual Achievement Award," The Florida MainStreet "Outstanding Economic Restructuring Program" for MainStreet DeLand Association, and The Florida League of Cities "City Citizen of the Year" Award. To learn more about Hall’s dedication to DeLand read The DeLand Beacon 2005.
Hall has written for St. Augustine and DeLand newspapers and various magazines and placed second in two national writing contests. In 1999 Tailored Tours Publications published her first book Flavors of St. Augustine: An Historic Cookbook. Her second book, Images of America: St. Augustine, was published in 2002 by Arcadia Publishing. Her third and fourth, Images of America: DeLand (2003) and The College Series: Stetson University (2005) were also published by Arcadia Press. Hall’s fifth book relates one of the most important First Amendment Lawsuits to come down from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. AFFIRMED: Teachers as Citizens (2006), addresses the rights of teachers to express without fear of retaliation their opinions on matters of public concern. Hall vs. Marion County School District II is case law protecting the rights of all public employees in the United States.
As someone who revers old structures Hall’s passion for preservation led her to restore more than a dozen properties in South Carolina and Florida. While living in St. Augustine and selling real estate she worked extensively with historic properties. After moving back to DeLand in 1999 she initiated a downtown residential revitalization project in a depressed area of architecturally interesting buildings. Named "The Garden District," this project was featured in the April 2004 issue of Southern Living. After purchasing five buildings in the Garden District, one for her real estate office, she spent her real estate commission in restoring the others for her daughter's veterinary hospital, FloridaWild. Eventually Hall moved her office to her home and released her former office to her daughter as FloridaWild continued to expand.
Community involvement is of utmost importance to Hall. She sat on the City of DeLand's Code Enforcement Board for 6 years and was a member of DeLand's Strategic Planning Committee, the city’s Tree Advisory Committee, the West Volusia Historical Society Board, chaired MainStreet DeLand's Design Committee, and was President of the West Volusia Pen Women, an affiliate of the national organization of artists and writers.
In 1964 Hall and her husband Ron met while students at Stetson. It was love at first sight. After a 33-year absence from DeLand they returned. Ron chaired Stetson’s Philosophy Department for thirteen years. Their family includes two daughters and their husbands, nine grandchildren, three dogs, and numerous grand animals. Quotes Hall: “The richest experience to date, besides having our first four precious grandchildren is to be the proud grandparents of two adopted Ethiopians, an adopted abused child, and two adopted Haitian sisters. This created for all of us a broadened view of love, life, and the world.”
So if you're looking for someone who creates success all over the place and gets the job done quickly and efficiently, contact MAGGI HALL. She’ll help you make the best possible real estate choices whether you're looking for residential - old or new, commercial, or vacant land. TOGETHER - YOU'LL MAKE IT HAPPEN!