The New Smyrna Museum of History located at 120 Sams Avenue in New Smyrna. Dr. Andrew Turnbull a physician from Scotland founded New Smyrna in 1768. An exhibit of Life in the New Smyrna Settlement. Immigrants came from Italy, Minorca and Greece.
A St. Johns Shell Midden dated 800 to 1150 A.D. Mastodon Teeth, rib or tusk and vertebrae all found in the pre-history section of the museum. Different periods depicted include the First Spanish Period to the Territorial Period. Fort New Smyrna built between February and April 1836. Maps and articles about the Seminole Indians Wars.
Items displayed along the wall a history of New Smyrna donated by the locals. Photos of lifeguards in the late 1930s, maps and a photo of the Riverview Hotel built as a hunting and fishing lodge in the mid-1880s still in operation as a hotel.
A photograph of the first Mosquito Inlet Lighthouse and charcoal drawings of the area. Maps of Florida from the early 1820s to the 1870s. A history of the printing press and a printing press on display built before the mid-1880s.
The Sheldon, Galbreath and Newell families all early settlers. Napkin rings, silverware, oil lamps and a coverlet all items on loan from the Sheldon family. William H. Newell moved to New Smyrna from North Carolina. He owned a livery and buggy service, built the Atlantic Hotel and served as mayor for 5 terms.
Books on The History of Florida Forts, The East Coast of Florida and Journeys with Florida’s Indians all found in the gift shop. An assortment of caps and T-shirts for sale.
Inquire about the walking tours from January to April. Entrance to the museum is free; donations are accepted. Hours of operation on the website.
University of South Florida Botanical Gardens located at 12210 USF Pine Drive in Tampa. A monument dedicated to Dr. Roy H. Behnke and Mrs. Ruth Behnke for their devotion and dedication to the university community.
The Fish Fountain was off when we passed by to enter the conservatory. Orchids, begonias, shrubs and trees encircle the pond and all around the conservatory.
Pygmy Date Palm
Rock Tassel Fern
Walk along the brick path in the Shade Garden and admire the Pygmy Date Palm that grows 8 to 10 feet, different varieties of ferns and a Pink Jatropha that blooms year round in mild climate or sit on a bench and relax in the Shade Garden.
Stroll along the mulch-lined walkway and admire The Bamboo Tree and the Lychee Tree an evergreen fruit tree both native to Southern China. Macadamia Tree, a tropical tree native to Australia grows up to 35 feet and the Neem Tree a medicinal plant native to India. Have a picnic on one of the tables or rent the gazebo for a special event.
Eleven different plants in the medicinal garden. Take a pamphlet and read about the medicinal uses. Over six hundred thirty species of Carnivorous plants exist in the world. Take a brochure and read about their life cycle.
Walk over to the Honey Bee Haven a place for bees and other pollinators. A number of host plants and a good chance to spot butterflies in the afternoon.
Cross a wooden bridge to the cactus and succulent garden. Different types of cactus on display. A Peruvian Apple native to South America that can grow up to 33 feet. Step inside the greenhouse to see more cactus and succulent plants. Entrance fees to the botanical gardens, hours of operation on the website.