Preface to the 2005 Edition
Foreword || Introduction
Ed Smith, who owned Ed Smith's Lumber Company in Neptune
Beach, Florida, did us a favor when he took time in 1973 to write a book of
nostalgic essays; he managed to preserve part of the history of the Beach
communities and the village of Mayport. And he did it in a very pleasant style.
As a privately printed book in 1974, it did not achieve wide circulation nor was
it meant to do so. It clearly assumes a great deal of prior knowledge on the part
of the reader. Those of who who grew up on that barrier island east of
Jacksonville, Florida or who live in the vicinity now recognize many of the
places about which he writes. Some remember the people. Even though who don't
know the geography well should find it fun to read. I have included an outline
map of Duval Country, Florida as an aid as well as a 1949 topographical map of the area.
Thanks to Smith's family, it is possible to bring the book
back to life and make it available to a wide readership throughout the world by
publishing it on the World Wide Web.
This 2005 edition has been enhanced by hyperlinks to
photos of some of the people and places he mentions, a map, and corrections to the original
text. In addition, I have written a short introductory chapter.