Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cemetery Log Date: May 16, 2013





Dummett's Grave is a solitary burial in the middle of a residential road in New Smyrna Beach. Charles Dummett was only 16 when he died tragically in a hunting accident back in 1860.  The young Dummett was home visiting from school up in the north.  According to a newspaper article (Kleinberg 1993) he tripped and his gun discharged.  Originally buried in remote glen or forest, the area developed into a neighborhood. 

Who: Maintained by local garden club, jurisdiction of the city of New Smyrna Beach
What: Above ground vault with remains of mortar plastered over coquina blocks
Where:  Middle of Canova Drive, east of Intracoastal Waterway in New Smyrna Beach
When:  Dusk to dawn, but please be respectful of neighbors and visit only in small groups
 Why:

  • Above ground vault with remains of mortar plastered over coquina blocks.
  • Said to be over a large prehistoric midden, visible on the southern end of the block.
  • Shell midden said to be originally at the same height as the top of the vault.
  • Inscription: SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF CHARLES DUMMETT, BORN AUG3 18, 1844 DIED APRIL 23, 1860"
Grave among the trees in the middle of the road.



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