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“Historic site with very little information”

Old Fort Park Archeological Site
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Old Fort Park Archeological Site provides an opportunity to visit the remains of an old fort along the riverfront. It is easy to find and is close to the New Smyrna Beach Museum of History which makes it a good opportunity to see both sites. Unfortunately there is little to no information about the site. There are a couple of plaques, although one discusses the history of a hotel that was on the site and the other a general history of the area. If the city would put more work into the site and provide more information about the fort, or at least what the history is believed to be, it would greatly enhance the visit. Right now you basically are looking at a foundation with no known background.

You are able to walk around and on top of the ruins which gives you a nice view of the fort. It is interesting seeing the foundation and getting a feel of the sites importance given the geography. There is also a lot of open space and some park benches located throughout the park to sit back and enjoy.

If you are into history I would recommend visiting the site if you have time to spare. Given the lack of information about the site don't expect to learn much. I would recommend visiting the museum across the street in conjunction with visiting the park to get the most out of your visit.

Thank wbullseye
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

My wife and I stopped by these ruins to see what they were about. Not much here to see, and signage was not great, so we could not get a sense of the history of this place. Worth a quick look, but that is all.

Thank Curt-Ayer
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The “fort” is basically a foundation which has a mysterious history. There are various reports of what it actually was originally, but a hotel was on the sight at some time. Not much to do but walk around the perimeter and read the few placards. The surrounding park is nice with benches and shade and a farmer’s market on Saturdays.

Thank TropicalLover
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Reviewed 7 February 2018 via mobile

Took about 20 minutes to walk around these ruins. Interesting view from the top wall facing out to the harbor. Imagine a Civil War gunboat coming into view and sending cannon balls into the hotel, destroyed the entire building. Dogs are welcome at the park. The ruins are in full sun. There is shade trees and free parking. Worth a stop while seeing NSB.

Thank racktiwn
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Reviewed 29 January 2018

Do something different during a typical beach day. Love the history. Glad I discovered this on my second visit to New Smyrna beach. Just a nice little break from eating, shopping, swimming and sun bathing.

Thank Alex B
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