Monday, November 13, 2006

Archaeologists breathe life into old Turnbull Colony
Two hundred years after its remaining 700 settlers abandoned their riverside homes and marched north to St. Augustine, the Turnbull Colony largely remains a mystery.

The British colony's coquina and tabby buildings and riverside stone wharf had crumbled or were destroyed during the First Seminole War in 1817-1818 and the cities of New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater were built over the ruins of the past.

Little physical evidence remained, except for several hand-dug irrigation canals and artifacts local archeologists uncovered, to shed light on what life was really like for the mostly Minorcan, Greek and Italian colonists trying to carve a new life out of the swampy Florida wilderness.