She’s Back for a Limited Engagement

October – April 2023 & 2024

Scandal and Sensation Up at Barberville
Tired of Waiting for an “Old Woman to Die”, Joe Lichinstein Skips With the Money and Another Man’s Darling and Her Two Children …. A Fine Fortune Gone.

Volusia County Record, February 23, 1895

Lucretia’s Story

The sensational stories of Lucretia Byrd Underhill were blasted across the headlines of the Volusia County, Florida newspapers in the late 1800’s after she was tricked by the blackguard Joe Lichtenstein.  Come hear Joanna’s first person performance of the stories of how Joseph Underhill, with his wife, Lucretia, at his side moved from Blackshear, Georgia to Barberville, Florida to carved out a life among the oaks and palmettos, building a wealthy farm and the first brick house in Volusia County.

Resident Storyteller Joanna Demarest brings the remarkable stories of Lucretia Byrd Underhill to the Barberville Pioneer Settlement on the First Saturday of the month at the Playing on the Porches events, and for special occasions.

The Barberville Pioneer Settlement is a historical village nestled within a charming moss-draped oak hammock in western Volusia County.  They offer self-guided or guided group tours of the 19 historical structures within the 30-acre campus that illustrates life in rural Florida in the bygone days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

For more information on the Barberville Pioneer Settlement visit their website at

Appearing the first Saturday of the Month

and for Special Events