Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins at 600 Mission Drive in New Smyrna Beach. Henry Cruger and William dePeyster New York Merchants bought 600 acres in the Village of New Smyrna in the early 19th century and established a sugar factory. The sugar mill in operation for five years when in 1835 the Seminole Indians along with the slaves raided the sugar mill and burned it to the ground. The iron beam, a roller mill and boiling vats are the only machinery left.
The mill made of coquina a natural stone that in Spanish means “tiny shell” you can feel the coquina up close. A photograph of a steam-driven roller mill used for crushing cane is on display. A plaque shows slaves clearing the land, raising the crops, cutting and processing the sugar cane.
You can walk the quarter-mile trail. The day we visited the weather was warm and sunny. A couple with two dogs passed us going towards the trail and their comment to us “Another day filled with sunshine.” I recommend visiting the site. Days and hours of operation on the website.
DeBary Hall listed on the National Register of Historic Places located at 198 Sunrise Boulevard in DeBary. Our tour started at the Visitor Center at the DeBary Historic Site. A virtual movie in the Imagidome Theater depicts people traveling on a steamship down the St. Johns River, the sensation of cruising on the river. Afterwards we took a one hour tour of the Hunting Lodge. The tour guide went into each room giving a thorough account.
The town of DeBary named after Frederic DeBary a European Aristocrat born in Frankfurt, Germany. He was the sole agent for G.H. Mumm & Co. one of the largest champagne companies in France making a fortune in the import business that imported French wines and mineral water. He also owned a steamship company and was involved in the citrus industry.
Carriage House and Stables
Frederic DeBary built a Hunting Lodge in the late 19th century. Other buildings on the property include a Carriage House and Stables, Tenant House and Caretakers Residence that was once a laundress cottage and an Ice House. The Carriage House and Stables restored with artifacts that show the Citrus Industry before the freeze in the 1890s. A Hunting Wagon and a Traveling Wagon are on display. Plaques in the Tenant House give of a history of the era and its inhabitants.
A couple on our tour rode their bicycles on the 2¼-mile trail that is on the property. Prices and hours of operation on the website.