|DEERFIELD BEACH HISTORICAL SOCIETY OFFICE|
380 E Hillsboro Blvd
, FL 33441
Web Address: http://www.geocities.com/dbhsfl/
In 1910, Deerfield Beach gained two new citizens who would have a lasting impact on the community. James D. Butler and his wife, Alice came from Texas. Butler entered the grocery business in 1910. In 1913 the couple became charter members of the First Baptist Church. By 1912 Butler decided to try his hand at farming and was soon joined by his younger brother, George Emory Butler. The partnership was incorporated as Butler Farms, Inc. in 1937. The Butler brothers were noted for permitting blacks to share crop when most other growers would hire them only as laborers. Butler was a member of the first School Board of Broward County, served as a County Commissioner from 1923-1928, a City Commissioner from 1925-1927 and as mayor from 1935-1936. Mrs. Butler was charter member of the Deerfield Women’s Club and served as president in 1927 and 1929. The Butlers built their home in 1923 based on plans they had ordered from the September, 1923 issue of Ladies Home Journal.
Tours and archive research Monday and Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday 1 - 4 p.m. 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 10a.m. - 2 p.m.
This Mediterranean Revival style building was the home of Deerfield Beach pioneers and civic leaders, James D. and Alice Butler. The plans for the house were obtained from a popular ladies magazine, the Ladies Home Journal of September 1923. It cost $10,000.00 to build and it is situated on almost four city lots. The house is built of hollow tile, the interior walls are plaster on lath and the roof is made from Spanish terra cotta tiles.
The Butlers married in 1906 in Texas and came to Deerfield Beach in 1910 on a visit and stayed to become two of Deerfield Beach’s most popular and public-spirited citizens. When Broward County was formed in 1915, Mr. Butler was a member of the first school board. For eight years he served on the Broward County Board of County Commissioners and for four years on the Deerfield Beach City Commission. He died in 1965. Mrs. Butler helped found the Deerfield Beach Woman’s Club and they both assisted in the establishment of the First Baptist Church of Deerfield. She died in 1965.
The house and grounds were bequeathed to the Deerfield Beach Historical Society in 1977. It is now the group’s headquarters and is operated as a museum. The historic Butler House has been completely restored. It contains many of the original furnishings with the exception of the dining room table that was replaced after the first one was used to board up the west dining room window during the 1928 hurricane. Furnishings include the wicker furniture purchased by the Butlers in 1923 for $500.