Founder's Day Festival in New Smyrna Beach
November 20, 2013
The Southeast Volusia Historical Society and New Smyrna Museum of History sponsored a week of events for International Archaeology Day from October 28-November 3. They kicked off the festival with a multi-media event titled "Patrick Smith's Florida is a Land Remembered," during which Rick Smith spoke of his famous father's life and the experiences that led him to write his books. During the week they had 8 speakers including 3 from FPAN, 1 from the Florida Humanities Council, and their own archaeologist, Dr. Roger Grange. They ended their week with a 2-day Founder's Day Festival, which included a parade of the descendants of Turnbull County, a Civil War battle re-enactment, living history characters, music, dancers, food, artisan and craft demonstrations, and an archaeology dig for kids. The week saw a total of 600 visitors.