The streets of historic New Smyrna Beach are lined with the statuesque oaks that began their lengthy journey well before any of us, the traditional beauty that only historic architecture can provide, charming antique shops and even an old fashioned creamery; but there is also something new. Today, if you ride through New Smyrna’s Riverside Garden District, you may also notice the new signs that have been erected to welcome visitors and delineate the Historic Downtown of New Smyrna Beach.
Born of an effort to rebrand this unique portion of the New Smyrna Beach community and with the goal of preserving the rich legacy and sense of neighborhood pride here, this refreshing project was spearheaded by one of the Riverside Garden District homeowners and generously funded by its residents.
The Riverside Garden District, once primarily used for citrus groves, grape arbors and gardens, was previously owned by Washington E. Connor. Back in the day, Mr. Connor was best known for bankrolling the first bridge to connect the New Smyrna Beach mainland to its beachside in 1894. He then financed the Connor Free Library in New Smyrna Beach in 1901 as well.
New Smyrna Beach is brimming with historical value and significance. Come stroll our historic streets, tour our history museum and enjoy lunch in one of many enticing restaurant venues. It’s a wonderful way to spend the day.
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