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11 modern-day ruins worth a visit

By: Josh Lew on July 17, 2013, 1:40 p.m.
New Smyrna Beach sugar mill ruins

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New Smyrna Beach Sugar Mill Ruins, Florida

This abandoned sugar mill has a colorful history. Erected in the 1830s, it was a steam-powered sugar mill with an attached sawmill, a high-tech facility for its era. However, local Native Americans from the Seminole tribe, in conflict with Florida's settlers at that time, destroyed the mill after it was in operation for only a short time. The remains of the buildings were then used to garrison U.S. soldiers during the ensuing conflict with the Seminoles. Today, the walls of the mill remain mostly intact, but the roofs are gone. With a nearby campground and easy road access, the New Smyrna Beach Mill is one of the most accessible ruins on our list.