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New Smyrna Beach in Volusia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Dr. Andrew Turnbull

Dec. 2, 1720 - March 13, 1792

 
 
Dr. Andrew Turnbull Marker image. Click for full size.
By Glenn Sheffield, June 3, 2012
1. Dr. Andrew Turnbull Marker
Inscription. Founder of the largest colony under British rule ever to come to the New World. The New Smyrna Colony of Florida
1768 - 1778

 
Erected 1968 by the Volusia County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 29° 1.604′ N, 80° 55.385′ W. Marker is in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, in Volusia County. Marker is on Sams Avenue north of Julia Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. In front of New Smyrna Beach City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 210 Sams Avenue, New Smyrna Beach FL 32168, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. To the Past... (within shouting distance of this marker); Anniversary of Shelling by Union Gunboats (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Sheldon's New Smyrna Hotel (about 500 feet away); 1768 British Colony of New Smyrna (about 500 feet away); Turnbull Canal (about 700 feet away); The New Smyrna Odyssey (approx. mile away); Site of Old Stone Wharf (approx. 0.6 miles away); Old St. Rita Colored Mission Church (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Smyrna Beach.
 
More about this marker. The marker is a rectangular metal plaque mounted on
Dr. Andrew Turnbull Marker image. Click for full size.
By Glenn Sheffield, June 3, 2012
2. Dr. Andrew Turnbull Marker
The marker sits in front of New Smyrna Beach City Hall. The City Hall building is a Contributing Structure within the NRHP-listed New Smyrna Beach Historic District.
a rock. It sits below a flag pole and faces away from City Hall toward the street. Across the top of the plaque is a cameo outlining a man's profile. The marker sits within the nationally designated New Smyrna Beach Historic District.
 
Regarding Dr. Andrew Turnbull. Born in Scotland, Dr. Andrew Turnbull was a physician and British diplomat who was granted lands in the newly British territory of East Florida. He sailed there with with 1200 - 1400 Greek, Corsican, Minorcan, Italian, and other immigrants to establish the 101,400 acre colony of New Smyrna (named for Smyrna in Asia Minor, birthplace of Turnbull's Greek wife). The colony successfully cultivated sugarcane, indigo, and hemp, but suffered significant losses resulting from disease and discord with their Native American neighbors. Increasing dissension among the remaining colonists finally brought about the colony's collapse, and the settlers retreated north to St. Augustine. Florida later reverted to Spanish authority and Turnbull retired to South Carolina.
 
Also see . . .
1. Archeological Resources of the 18th-Century Smyrnea Settlement of Dr. Andrew Turnbull MPS. Several archaeological sites related to Turnbull's colony are listed with the National Register of Historic Places, and include canals and building sites. (Submitted on April 9, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.) 

2. Smyrnea: Dr. Andrew Turnbull and the Mediterranean Settlement at New Smyrna and Edgewater, Florida,
Dr. Andrew Turnbull image. Click for full size.
3. Dr. Andrew Turnbull
(Public domain image courtesy Wikipedia)
. (Submitted on July 1, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
City Hall Historic Property Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Glenn Sheffield, June 3, 2012
4. City Hall Historic Property Plaque
The 1941 City Hall is one of New Smyrna Beach's locally designated historic properties.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 9, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 9, 2014, by Glenn Sheffield of Tampa, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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