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Neighborhood History

This history of the neighborhood plays a vital part in the identity of its residents. If you have lived in the neighborhood for many years, the neighborhood history is a heartfelt reminder of days gone by.

If you have just come to call the neighborhood home, it is a way to learn more about the new community you have joined. We would love nothing more than to be able to share the history of neighborhood name with all who reside there. If you are interested in writing a brief history of the neighborhood to share with the community, please contact us!

Sugar Mill Country Club History

Deer, bear and wild boar; even a Florida panther roamed Sugar Mill's piney woods as late as the 1960's. Some of our long-time Members recall seeing boar in the brush adjoining the fairways. A panther was seen in 1983.

The first recorded owner of the property was Jose Bonely, who received a grant under authority of royal order' in 1796. Today's Sugar Mill owners will find Bonely's name on abstract descriptions of their property.

Local hunters enjoyed the area until the Club opened on New Years Day, 1970. It was developed by Rolling Hills Enterprises, many of whose principals were supporters of the Ford Philpot Evangelistic Institute. If you've heard that Sugar Mill was started by a religious organization, that's the origin of the story.

Golf Course Architect Joe Lee designed the course. Initially there were eighteen holes on the White and Red courses. When the course opened, the clubhouse was still under construction. It was rebuilt and greatly enlarged in 1980. The only paved road was a section of Clubhouse Boulevard from Sugar Mill Drive to the Clubhouse.

The Village of Pine Valley and Units II and III were started in 1974. The Brae Burn communities were developed in 1978-1981. St. Andrews was begun a year later, with the second phase starting in 1986. The Clubhouse Boulevard-Sweet Bay Avenue Circle was completed with the development of Unit VI in 1987. The Island was started in 1989, the Meadows began construction in 1990, and the Woodlands started in 2003. Meanwhile, homes were being built around our community.

The Blue Nine was opened for play on New Years Day, 1984. The trees on the Blue (native palms and live oak trees) are entirely different from the White-Red, where pines at one time dominated. The difference in vegetation is due to the difference in the elevation of the land.

The Members purchased the Country Club's land and buildings from the developer in 1986. In 2001, Sugar Mill became a private club.

The club first hired a General Manager in 1989.

Time has gone by fast-this period between a shell road leading to a golf course back in the boondocks, to the outstanding golf community of today: secluded, beautiful, close to nature and yet close to the main arteries of Florida. More...

Historical Highlights of New Smyrna's Past

  • The Foundation For The New Smyrna Museum Of History In Southeast Volusia County, Inc. 1982 St. Rd. 44, # 157, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168: Website.
  • Welcome to the Volusia County History web site created by Volusia County Government and the Volusia County Historic Preservation Board.

    Come explore the trails that lead to Volusia County's colorful past.

    Follow this weblink to begin your journey back in time: Website.

The Turnbull Ruins

A coquina block foundation overlooking the Intracoastal, represents the colonization by Andrew Turnbull from 1766-1777. It's believed that he attempted to build his personal mansion on these coquina remains. A foundation of sea coquina block was set, but work was never completed. The true origination of the ruins is unknown, some theorized that they may be the remnants of a pre-colonial fort or a colonial church. Located at a main intersection on the river downtown. Old Fort and Riverside Park, New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32168: Website.

The Sugar Mill Ruins

Once a highly functional sugar mill, were built during the uprisings of the Native Americans in the early 19th century. This 17 acre historic site contains the ruins of a the highly functional sugar mill, as well as other buildings, which were destroyed during the war between the Seminole Indians and the United States. The Sugar Mill Ruins evoke a time long ago when the Seminole Indians fought the settlers, ending the area's molasses and sugar industries. Sugar Mill Ruins, 1050 Old Mission Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168. Phone: 386-427-2284: Website.