A chronological overview of New Smyrna History
Starting with Pre-History, with excellent examples of St. John’s Period pottery, the gallery continues with tapestries created by local seamstresses of the Works Progress Administration ( W.P.A) and signage that delineate the various periods of our history. Notable objects in this gallery include:
A dugout canoe
Turn of the century printing press
Civil War artifacts
Exceptional collections of maps and photographs from the late 1800’s to the present
A group of Miinorcan, Greeks and Italians who were recruited by Dr. Andrew Turnbull to start an agricultural enterprise that would produce indigo, corn, rice and other products for the British Mecantile economy.
It was Dr. Turnbull’s plan to offer those colonists land for their labors. The settlers were contracted to work for a certain number of settlers making the dangerous voyage to Florida. The increased numbers resulted in the shortage of supplies that were never successfully eliminated.
The settlers suffered shocking deprivation and other hardships caused by weather; insects, illness and overwork. Dr. Turnbull was forced to seek financial help from his partners as well as the English government. Each was increasingly reluctant to commit more resources to the project.
This is the story of men, women and children who risked everything to begin a new life in this untamed tropical paradise.