Maggi Smith Hall is a native Floridian from Jacksonville. She holds a B.A. from Stetson University in DeLand Florida and an M. Ed. from Francis Marion University in Florence South Carolina.
During her thirty years as a SC educator, she established two educational institutions, the Marion County Museum and the Fork Retch Environmental Education Center. While a museum director she also directed the SC Rural Arts Program for Marion County. For these 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 SC), 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 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 activities Hall was interviewed in the July 1995 issue of Southern Living.
Since returning to Florida Hall has written for St. Augustine and DeLand newspapers, environmental 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, Images of America: St. Augustine, was published in 2002 by Arcadia Press. At present she is writing a book that addresses teachers’ rights as citizens.
Hall is a preservationist, having restored over 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 an urban renewal project in a depressed area of architecturally significant buildings. Hall owns West Volusia Properties, a real estate firm, sits on DeLand’s Code Enforcement Board, and Chairs MainStreet DeLand’s Design Committee. Hall is married to Ronald, Chairman of the Philosophy Department at Stetson University. Their family includes two daughters and their husbands, four grandchildren, three dogs, and numerous grand animals.