New Smyrna Beach

New Smyrna Beach

On the Ocean side of the Indian River is the historical district of Coronado.  It encompasses  a little over 2 blocks of Flaglar Ave (North Causeway) and extends north to near Due East Avenue and south to Columbus at its farthest boundary.  It is listed in the National Register of Historic Places  where  a list of  historic places worthy of preservation is kept.  Strolling around the area gives one a sense of what it might have looked like many years ago.  

The first settlers were brought from Crete, Minorca. Majorca, Ibiza, the Mani Penninsula, Sicily and Smyrna.  Around 1500 settlers were brought over by Dr. Andrew Turnbull to grow Hemp, sugarcane and indigo as well as make rum.  He called his settlement New Smyrna.  These folks were not only exposed to insects carrying diseases and Native American raids but also mistreatment by Turnbull.  After many had died, and conditions were so severe, they walked all the way to St. Augustine along the Old King's Highway in 1777 to complain to the officials there.  The territory was at that time under the rule of Britain.  Not long after the territory again was under the Spanish and Turnbull left his colony to retire in Charleston, SC.   In St. Augustine a statue in their honor tells their history and can be seen  at the St. Photios National Shrine on St. George St.  

During the Civil War the North shelled the "Stone Wharf" .  The town was finally incoporated in 1887 as New Smyrna with a population of 150. When Henry Flagler's Florida East Coast Railway was laid into New Smyrna many people migrated and settled  here.  The area has been supported econically by citrus, commercial fishing  and tourism.  

Now two bridges span the river making the beachside accessible.  Driving is allowed on the beach with the speed a crawl and enforced.  Drive lanes are now in place since many of the visitors take advantage of the sun and spread their towels all over the area.  As the tides ebb and wain so must the beach goers move their spot or become water logged.  For those who just enjoy seeing the ocean but don't care so much for the sand, the are has several places where cars can park and several have board or paved walkways to stroll and sit on.  Take yourself back and imagine that you are the only one on the beach.  What a thought.

Surf boards and fisherman vie with the swimmers for a spot in the water.  At the north end of the beach is an inlet which has a jetty of large rocks marking the south side of the inlet.  It extends out into to ocean a little way to help control the beach erosion.  The currents are fairly strong there and swimming is not a good idea.  Many fisherman however, walk the rocks to find their favorite spot.  Along the shore, you can often see small sea creatures.

Now the area on the mainland is also designated as New Smryna Beach as well.  Near the western end of town there is an old Sugar Mill Ruin.  There is not much left to see but it is a quiet tree canopied area with several stone ruins dotting the landscape. This is located near where the shopping centers along Hwy 44 are - not to be confused with the subdivision near I-75.  

The old fort on the land side by the North Causeway is a pleasant place to walk around and bring a picnic lunch.

The Deland News, Deland, FLA.,
September 10, 1909

  Coronado, Sept. 8 - Mr. Geo. Warren
has    purchased  a  small   launch   from
Master Charley Berry, of New Smyrna, 
and  intends  to start in  the fish business.
We wish him every success.
   Frank Swartengreen drove down from
Ormond  to visit  his  aunt.   Mrs. Barber,
and also take in the moving picture
show at New Smyrna.
   Mr. and Mrs. Dan and daughter left
for their home at Orlando after spen-
ding a week at the Atlantic House. They  took  home  two  large  bas to  treat their
   Mr. Dunbar, of Longwood,is stopping  for  a  few  days  at  the  Barber   House.
Will   return  later  for  a  longer  stay.
   Roddy  Douglass has  gone  to Orange
City to visit his  brother  for  a  few  days
and will also help out on the ball team.
   Mr. Loring Mace, wife and baby went
to Daytona Sunday in their launch to spend the day, visitin Mrs. Mace's
    Mr. Southernlin  gave  the  children  in
the  Sunday  school  a  splendid  talk  on
Africa  last  Sunday,  it being Missionary
Sunday.    The  discourse  was  enjoyed
by all present, being very interesting.
    Mr.  Carr  has  purchased  the  launch
Mr.   John  Carrigan   left   in  charge  of
Mr.  Gray.     Mr.  Carr  and  family  are
\enjoying   the  river  and   fishing    more
than ever.
   Mrs. Osborne,  of Zellwood,  stopped
over  to  visit  her daughter,   Mrs. Helen
Vrooman, on her waqy home from the  North, where she spent the summer. She  will   remain  only  a short  time  now but
will return again in October.
   Several  large  bass  have  been caught
this week,   leading  off  with  Mrs.  Carr
catching  a  thrity-two  pounder..     Rev.
Zeigler one weighing twenty-eight lbs.,  and Mr. Gray last with one of thirty lbs -   all from the bridge or near it.
   Mrs. J. H. Vrooman went to Oak Hill  Saturday,   taking    her    granddaughter, 
Leola  along  to visit her son Lloyd,  and
returning Sunday.
   Capt. J. W. Willmot,  of Orlando, was
fishing  for  bass  from  the  bridge  when
he hooked a big one, but only got half  ashore,  a big  shark eating  the best of it.
Then  he  set  a  line  for  Mr. Shark and
caught one unknown in these waters  about 5 ft. long, and many said it was a   leopard  shark,  any  way  it  was  awful
poor and boney.
   Mr. Myre, of Lake HElen, drove over   Sunday to spend a few days in his  beach  cottage.
   Mr.  Gus Stevens  and  his  bride  left
for  their  new  home  in  Hastings.  We   were sorry  to see  them  leave  so soon.
   Mr.  and  Mrs   Elves, son and daugh-
ter  drove  over  from  Conway  in  their
auto  and  are in  their river cottage; will
remain sometime.
   Lloyd Vrooman, wife and children  came  over  from  Oak Hill  to  spend  a
few days visiting his parents and other  relatives.
   Mrs. J. H. Vrooman entertained the  Priscilla  Club  last   Friday.      It  was a
pleasant  day  and  most of the members
came out. Some were obliged to remain  at  home and  can guavas.   A  great deal
of  the  conversation was on how to raise
children  properly  - a sortof a mother's  meeting.   Around  4:00 p. m.  the  nicest
layer cake  and  iced  soda  water   were
served and enjoyed.
   The  conregation was glad  to welcome
their  pastor, Rev. R. F. Porter,   Sunday
afternoon,   after  his  vacation.    He  re-
turns  much  improved  in  health and ap-
   Hal Chilton is  a  great sportsman,  and
knows  the fine  points  about  fishing, for
Tuesday  he  landed  a  jewfish, from the
bridge, with a rod and reel.    Now that's
fishing some.
   Through  the  efforts  of Mrs. Douglass,
a   fine   individual   communion  set   has
been purchased  for  our church  and will
be ready for use at the next service.

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