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By Pat Andrews
posted Mar 27, 2013 - 8:18:32pm
Award-winning documentary-maker Rich Luckin was in West Volusia March 12-15 gathering background and interviews for a documentary about the historic Thornby property near Enterprise.
Luckin's documentaries, many of which have appeared on PBS, have garnered him a number of awards.
He said he is fascinated by the history of the Thornby property, which lies along Lakeshore Drive in Deltona, bordering Lake Monroe.
Showing Luckin around was Sandy Walters of Enterprise, author of The Story of Thornby: How Ordinary People Took on Government.
In 2000, the Thornby property was in danger of being developed into a huge townhouse complex. The tract, however, played an important role in Southwest Volusia's history, including the creation of the Florida United Methodist Children's Home, and it is home to several species of native Florida plants and wildlife.
"What I'm impressed about is the fact that the people had a belief about something, and they really outlasted the opposition, and saved something that was meaningful. I thought it would be a good story," Luckin said.
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