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History

New Smyrna Beach dates back to the 1700s and was named after the city of Smyrna, Turkey. Visit the New Smyrna Historic Conner Free Library, the oldest municipal building in the city, at Old Fort Park for an orientation on the history of the area. Visit the Sugar Mill Ruins, the site of a sugar mill that was burned by the Seminole Indians during the war between the Seminoles and the U.S.

Visit Turnbull Ruins, the site of a number of structures built throughout New Smyrna’s history. Dr. Andrew Turnbull named the area after his wife’s home in Turkey.

The Old Stone Wharf, which dates back to the 18th century, can be viewed (but only at low tide!). Turtle Mound, the highest point of elevation in the area, is actually a mound of shells left by the Timucuan Indians, evidence of their shellfishing capabilities, and is located in Canaveral National Seashore Park.

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