In 1768, Scottish physician Andrew Turnbull arrived in Florida with more than 1,200 indentured servants. He and his partners dreamed of establishing a plantation settlement that would make them wealthy. Despite some successes, New Smyrna was not the financial windfall they had hoped for, and after only nine years, the settlement failed. Disgruntled workers appealed to East Florida governor Patrick Tonyn, who granted them their freedom. Many of the now free settlers took residence in St. Augustine. In the succeeding years, New Smyrna has seen Civil War skirmishes, the addition of "Beach" to its name, a merger with Coronado Beach, the rise and fall of the rail industry, and a marked increase in local and out-of-state tourism. The "World's Safest Bathing Beach" is no longer a local secret.
About the Author
Robert Redd is the executive director for the New Smyrna Museum of History. He is a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. While the majority of images in this book are from his collection, contributions from community members have augmented this volume.
Table of Contents
1 World's Safest Bathing Beach 9
2 A Stroll through Town 21
3 Time to Enjoy Life 41
4 A Place to Fill Your Stomach and Rest Your Head 55
5 Not All Fun and Games 83
6 Local Landmarks 97
7 Friends Long Gone 115