New Smyrna Beach Collection

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New Smyrna Railway Station Postcard
A color postcard featuring the railway station in New Smyrna, Florida, in the 1890s. Although the postcard does not specify, this railway station was likely the Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and Indian River Railway Company (later part of the Florida…

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New Smyrna Beach Collection

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New Smyrna Collection


New Smyrna Beach (Fla.)


Collection of digital images, documents, and other records depicting the history of New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Series descriptions are based on special topics, the majority of which students focused their metadata entries around.

In 1758, the first European settlers arrived in present-day New Smyrna Beach and Dr. Andrew Turnbull established the colony of New Smyrna. Most of the colony's settlers were from Greece, Italy, and Minorca, Spain. Turnbull planned for the town to produce hemp, sugarcane, indigo, and rum, but the colony quickly collapsed due to insect-born diseases and raids by nearby Native American tribes. Most of the survivors resettled in St. Augustine.

In 1887, New Smyrna was incorporated. In 1892, Henry Morrison Flagler expanded his Florida East Coast Railway to the area, sparking growth in the city. During the Prohibition of the 1920s, New Smyrna served as a site for moonshine stills and hideouts for rum-runners. In 1947, the city was renamed New Smyrna Beach when it annexed Coronado Beach.

Has Part

Daytona State College-New Smyrna Beach-Edgewater Collection, New Smyrna Beach Collection, Volusia County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Is Part Of

Volusia County Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.






New Smyrna Beach, Florida

Contributing Project

History Skill Building Project 2013, School for Behavior and Social Sciences, Daytona State College


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Sweett, Lawrence J. New Smyrna Beach. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2006.
"History." City of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Beeson, Kenneth H. Fromajadas and Indigo: The Minorcan Colony in Florida. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008.
Grange, Roger T., Jr. "Saving Eighteenth-Century New Smyrnea: Public Archaeology in Action." Present Pasts, Vol. 3, No. 1.
Cumiskey, Kate. Surfing in New Smyrna Beach. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Publishing, 2010.

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