Settled by Greeks
This stone commemorates the 1769 colony of Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scot, who had recruited 200 Greeks, 110 Italians and 1190 Minorcans to homestead his royal land grant of 101,000 acres. This was the site of the largest single attempt at colonial settlement in what is now the United States up to that time (eight vessels with 1,403 people).
Dr. Turnbull was a physician and entrepreneur who obtained a grant of land from the British Crown, with a and he named the colony "New Smyrna."
The colonists came prepared to till the soil, bringing with them farming implements, seeds, and cuttings of mulberry, grape, olive, orange and fig. The settlement produced the bulk of the indigo of the world during the revolution. They also made red dye of cochineal, and Barilla from weed gathered on the sea edge. Their system of drainage canals, the ruins of stone wharves indigo vats, wells and home sites are still to be seen. Nine years after founding the colony, the colonists were released from their contracts and moved to St. Augustine. The stone says:
TO THE PAST
... TO THE PRESENT
...... TO THE FUTURE
Dedicated On This
In Honor Of Those
Who Came To The New World in 1769
As Settlers Of The Historic New Smyrna Colony Of Florida
By Americans Proud Of Their
Who Cherish Their Participation
In The Great Ideals
Of Democracy And Freedom
As Embodied In Our
American Way Of Life
So That Generations Yet Unborn
May Fulfull The Hopes
Engendered By These
Presented by the
Order of AHEPA
American Hellenic Educational
May 4, 1969
old sugar mill ruins
this interesting historical site is missed by most visitors to new smyrna beach. the mill was built by willaim kembile in 1830. he grew sugar cane on several thousand acres near the mill. he milled the cane with a steam engine and a mule drawn press. in 1835 seminole indians attacked the mill and destroyed it. an interesting site to visit when in new smyrna beach. the old sugar mill park is located at 600 mission drive on the mainland side of new smyrna beach. from the west take SR44 into downtown symrna beach then turn right on mission drive. the park is about an 1/8 of a mile on the right. be very carefull when entering and exiting the park because the road to the mill is single lane.
quickie pizza very near the beach
"homemade dough and sauce."
open sun-thurs, 3-11 pm, open fri-sat, 11 am to 11 pm. free delivery.
i did not eat at the restaurant, but the menu says that they have subs, salads, wings, and spaghetti dinners. i had a medium sausage-and-pepperoni pizza ($11). it was fine for two people.
the crust was soft and crispy at the same time. there was a good amount of both sausage (sliced) and pepperoni, tho not as much as domino's.
2000, December 11-12 A Refuge for the Exhausted
In 2000, after we left Port Orange, where we had a hair raising experience with the current in a marina, I started calling Smyrna marinas. All of them were full except the yacht club which only took other yacht club members and the town marina, and that was a co-op. There is no dockmaster, and they don't monitor the radio. They had 2 transient slips. If we got there and they were open, we could stay there. If someone else got there first, we couldn't stay there. Then we would have to anchor behind Chicken Island, and I was chicken to do that. I found where the marina was on the chart, so that I could direct Bob there. We were behind another sailboat at the Coronado Beach Bridge just before New Smyrna Beach (named by Greek immigrants), and I was afraid they would go into the Smyrna Marina, but they didn't. So we tied up by noon after a very traumatic start and 11 miles at 5.4 mph for a total of 844 nm. We walked up to the office and registered (filled out a form envelope - put money into it and stuck it through a slot).
"Feeding the Birds"
Then we walked over to the seafood restaurant and I had shrimp salad sandwich. (see Restaurant Tips)
There was a sign warning against feeding the birds. It said:
"To insure your dining pleasure while eating on the deck, Please DON'T FEED THE BIRDS!. After considerable thinking on our part we have come up with 7 good reasons why you shouldn't feed the birds. We could not think of 3 more to make 10 so 7 will just have to do.
#7 It's not good for humans to feed wild critters.
#6 They are really not that cute and cuddly.
#5 They don't pay taxes so why feed them.
#4 Don't you hate to sit down for dinner and have rude obnoxious guests show up.
#3 It's tough to carry on a conversation while being bombarded.
#2 Bird poop tasts really lousy on our fish. We provide Tarter sauce for that.
#1 They can mess up a really good hair day!
If you feel that you must feed the birds please go to the far end of the dock away from all the other guests."
We ate out on the pier and the birds (gulls and grackles mainly) waited around to be fed. One of the grackles only had one leg.
I waylaid the postman and gave him post cards for our grandsons on the way back to the boat, and used the pay phone to get pocketmail. Bob as usual was too restless to just rest, so he walked over to a marine supply store and around Old Fort Park which was right by the marina. Then he cleaned the bimini curtains.
About 5 we walked back to the same place and got dinner there as neither of us felt like walking any more than that. I got chicken and Bob got a seafood dinner.
This time, there was a great egret and a bunch of plovers begging for food. The egret actually walked right up to the table. On the way home, we saw the big orange full moon rise but my pictures of it didn't come out..
I saw a green heron on a dock line, and that night I saw a yellow crowned night heron walking around on the dock next to the boat. It also rained quite a bit.
"December 12, 2000 Leaving New Smyrna Beach"
Bob was up at 7, took up the trash and used the bathroom and I used the pay phone. Cast off at 8:15 without incident (high tide). Was a trifle foggy. Oops - Bob and I both forgot to put on our life jackets.
At the time we were there, the marina didn't allow you to stay at the transient dock more than a couple of days. I don't know if they even have transient spaces available anymore.
We motored under the fixed bridge just south of the marina (the place to go under isn't in the middle but way over on the end). .