History of New Smyrna Beach

Dr. Andrew Turnbull, a Scottish physician and friend of James Grant, recruited 1,300 settlers from Europe and brought them to New Smyrna in 1768 after receiving a grant of land from Britain.  Dr. Andrew Turnbull recruited these settlers mostly from Minorca, an island off of Spain but also recruited from Italy and Greece.  His efforts to establish a colony this large were the first of this magnitude in all of North America.  Dr. Turnbull’s plans were for these settlers to produce rum and grow indigo, hemp, cotton, rice, corn, and sugarcane.

The colony was unsuccessful in New Smyrna due to Indian raids, insect causing disease, and poor management by Turnbull.  About 600 survived this settlement attempt and left in 1777, for St. Augustine where they stayed.

In 1784, the Spanish took the East portion of Florida from the British until the United States in 1819, acquired the area from Spain.  In 1821, the United States established the Territory of Florida.

New Smyrna was incorporated in 1887, with a population of 150.  New Smyrna’s economy grew tremendously with Henry Flagler bringing the East Coast Railway in 1892.  Tourism, Citrus industry, and commercial fishing expanded within the area.

In the 1920’s there was a real estate boom in New Smyrna on and around Canal Street and Faulkner.  Today, we have about 800 buildings that remain from New Smyrna’s historic era. The city annexed the beachside community of Coronado beach in 1947 and the city was renamed to “New Smyrna Beach”.

Today New Smyrna Beach is a vibrant beach town that attracts tourists from all over the world and has just over 20,000 permanent residents.

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Marina www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Municipal Marina http://www.sarahcaudill.com

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home along Riverside Drive

New Smyrna Beach Historic Home along Riverside Drive

Excellent Places to Eat in New Smyrna Beach

Stitched Panorama

Outriggers Tiki Bar and Grill

Outrigger’s is one of the newest waterfront restaurants in New Smyrna.   Located on the North Causeway, it is worth your while to stop by for breakfast Sunday mornings, lunch or dinner any day of the week. Between 3pm and 6pm Monday through Fridays they have half price appetizers. I recommend the rigger bites appetizer, the island style fish sandwich with the paradise rice or the fish tacos, and do not forget to try the peanut butter chocolate pie for dessert. http://newsmyrnamarina.com/outriggers

Fish Taco Outrigger Pic

Fish Tacos

Outrigger's Desert Pic

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie

Mac n Mondays

Mac n Mondays


The Breakers Restaurant

The Breakers Restaurant

Breakers is a great oceanfront restaurant on Flagler Ave to stop by for lunch and enjoy a hamburger while watching the waves and surfers. http://www.thebreakersnsb.com

Breaker's Hamburger

Breaker’s Hamburger


Atlantis Bistro

Atlantis Bistro

Atlantis Bistro on Flagler Avenue is a quaint Italian restaurant managed by the nicest owner.  Be sure to ask for the lasagna on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Great food and excellent service!!!

Atlantis Bistro Ravioli

Atlantis Bistro Ravioli

Pizza Bruschetta at Atlantis Bistro

Pizza Bruschetta at Atlantis Bistro

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