The town offers more than what we saw in our short couple hour visit including a lunch at Blackbeard's restaurant where we had prime rib, french dip and raw oysters at the best price we've encountered.
Citizens of the Smyrna Beach colony walked out of their indentured agreement to report the cruelty they'd received to the governor in St. Petersburg. An initial problem occurred when 425 settlers died during the crossing of the Atlantic ocean, then the remaining 1215 found that only 500 settlers were expected, so everyone went hungry. Many of the settlers were of Greek nationality, the origin of the colony name.
There's more to the history of this former fort turned into a hotel, including local remains of the Timacuan people native to the area.
I didn't realize that the Civil War impacted Florida much, but the hotel bombed by two Yankee ships shows differently.
This informative little memorial offers up evidence of some of the price paid by Americans in the First World War. There were many dead, many taken prisoner. Many famous battle sites are mentioned including Flanders Field. Each plaque lists different services played--chemical warfare, supplies, tanks, soldiers, etc. A quick add up of numbers quickly finds the people involved counts more than 100,000. Its worthy of a look or two.