Spontaneous Field Trip: Ruins Near Me
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She googled “ruins near Sanford, Florida (a town near me)” and guess what? That’s how my daughter found some old sugar mill and fort ruins we explored. It’s so fun to explore the ruins and imagine what life was like a century or two earlier.

Sugar Mill Gardens

Historical site and botanical gardens, Sugar Mill Gardens is located on Old Sugar Mill Road in Port Orange, Florida. The history of Dunlawton Sugar Mill Plantation starts back before Florida’s statehood when Spain was in charge. You can read the history of the place here: http://www.dunlawtonsugarmillgardens.org/about.html

As you walk through the lush tropical gardens, you will find concrete dinosaurs. Don’t worry – they’re not real. In the 1940s and 1950s, this place was Bongoland with a train, Native American village, animals, and a monkey named Bongo.

Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins

The Cruger-dePeyster Sugar Mill Ruins are located in New Smyrna close to the Intercoastal Waterway. There are signs that explain the history of the sugar mill and its downfall.

Old Fort Park Archaeological Site

Located in New Smyrna, the fort ruins overlook the Intercoastal Waterway. Who built it? Well, that’s a mystery. Read more here: https://www.visitflorida.com/travel-ideas/articles/arts-history-new-smyrna-turnbull-sugar-mill-ruins/

Castillo de San Marcos

The Spanish built Castillo de San Marcos to defend their settlement in Saint Augustine, Florida. The best-kept ruins ever! These fort ruins are now a national monument and museum.

What’s Near You?

I wonder if there are any ruins near your house.

Googled “Ruins Near Philadelphia, PA” and found:

  • Rolling Hill Park Ruins
  • The Cliffs
  • Stone Spiral Arch Bridge
  • Toddtown Tenement House

Googled “Ruins Near Little Rock, AR and found:  

  • The Old Mill
  • Plum Bayou Mounds Archeological Site
  • Rock House Cave
  • Petite Jean State Park

Goggled “Ruins near Alburquerque, New Mexico and found:

  • Boca Negra Canyon
  • Tijeras Pueblo Archaeological Site
  • Juan Tabo Cabin

Googled “Ruins near Boise, Idaho” and found:

  • Eagle Rock Park
  • Adelmann Mine Trailhead
  • The Boise  B

Go head, try it. Google “Ruins near me” and see what you find.

What kind of geography and history exploring do you do in your neighborhood or city? I’d love to hear about it. 

Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!

Meredith Curtis

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