Amelia Hotel at the Beach
1997 South Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida, 32034, United States
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Amelia Island Museum of History
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Travel Tips for Fernandina Beach
Bathrooms and Historic Buildings
There are free bathrooms for tourists behind the visitor's center. There are several old buildings on Centre Street which is where the museum's narrated history walks take place. One of the buildings included in the walk is the Visitor's Center which is the old Railway Depot down at the harbor end of the street (last photo). There are public restrooms there.
The old jail, which is now the location of the Museum is NOT on Centre Street.
I don't remember why, but we stopped at the Post Office on the NE corner of Centre and 4th to mail something. I took a picture from where the car was parked of the facade. The date the Post Office was built is 1912.
I always take photos of the recently restored Nassau County Courthouse at Centre at 5th each time we come to Fernandina. It was built in 1891 and is regarded by the State as "the finest surviving Victorian courthouse in Florida." This time was no exception, and I have three photos of this building including a night time shot. Next to the Visitor's Center is a sign which says:
BRITISH EAST FLORIDA
In May 1777, Colonel Samuel Elbert's Continentals landed on the North End of Amelia Island at Oldtown Bluff, approximately one mile north of this marker, for a planned invasion of FLorida. A patrol engaged in a skirmish with British troups on the south end of the island. An officer, Lt. Robert Ward, was killed and two of his soldiers were wounded. In retaliation, Col. Elbert ordered houses burned and the destruction of all cattle.
Churches on the Walking Tour
St. Peter's Episcopal Church stands on the northeast corner at Atlantic & Centre Streets. I've taken a lot of pictures of this church (photos 1 and 2) - it catches the eye. It is the work of R.S. Schuyler - built in 1884, rebuilt in 1893 and worth a look at the inside.
The St. Peter's cemetery at 801 Atlantic Ave. is the meeting place for the Amelia Island Museum of History's Ghost Tours. The tour which begins every Friday at 6:00 p.m.and lasts approximately one-hour.
Another church (not pictured) is at South 8th and Ash Streets - the Trinity United Methodist Church. It was built in 1891. Across the parking lot on S. 9th is the white clapboard First Baptist Missionary Church built in 1874.
I do have a Methodist church photo - the fifth photo is of the Memorial United Methodist Church
I took a picture of the sign outside of the church which explains its history, but I cannot read all of it. Methodism first came to Amelia Island when the South Carolina Conference of the Methodist Church appointed the Reverend Elijah Sinclair the first minister to East FLorida. Sinclair arrived within a few months of when Spain ceded Florida to the US in 1821, and he was welcomed by the Protestant English settlers who opened their homes for services. The original congregation met in the Pioneer Hotel in Old Town in the 1850s. A wood frame church was built on the northwest corner of Broome and Sixth Streets, and it was replaced by the current building in the brick Classical Revival style. It was begun in 1926. This church has the oldest United Methodist congregation in the Florida conference. If you then turn right on South 6th and cross Centre St in mid-block at the left is the First Presbyterian Church, circa 1860, one of Florida's oldest. The First Presbyterian Church at Fernandina was organized in 1858, when ten of the Jacksonville church’s members moved there. Because Fernandina was organized by the Presbytery rather than Jacksonville, it is not considered a “daughter church.” However, it is reported that after the departure of the ten, Dr. J.D. Mitchell was the only remaining adult male remaining in Jacksonville.
A historic marker in front of the church notes that the church bell was saved from being melted for wartime use of its metal by a young Union officer David Levy Yulee, the first United States senator from the state of Florida, and his wife were communicants of First Presbyterian Church. After the Civil War, Yulee played a key role in Fernandina's remarkable emotional and economic recover-- a time of slow and painful reconstruction for many other southern communities. The church was also used as a Freedman's school during the war, according to the church's web site.
This is where we had our Thanksgiving dinner on our second trip through Fernandina. Ever since then, I've had a very warm spot in my heart for Fernandina.
If you turn right on North 4th Street, at North 4th and Broome (505 Broome Street) is St. Michael's Catholic Church built in 1872. Beside it is Fernandez Reserve & the 1882 Convent but they are not in the picture. This historic church is named in honor of Father Michael de Aunon, who was martyred in 1597 at St. Catherine's Island in Georgia during the Indian Rebellion against the Franciscans
MM 716.5 Fernandina Harbor Marina
When we first came down in Dec 2000, I wrote: "This is a municipal marina. Their rates vary by the season. In season (Oct to Dec 15th) it is $1.00/foot. I think in the summer it is 95 cents a foot and in the winter it is 90 cents a foot. They have a seasonal rate of $5/foot for a week. Dockage is cheaper for local residents, and they do have a liveaboard rate. They have new concrete floating docks on the north side with electricity, and there are cable TV connections but they are not hooked up. They have an internet connection in the office. They have showers, fuel and ice. The old town is right there in walking distance, but a grocery store is about 2 miles away. They do not take reservations."
The other (south) side - the docks closest to shore (photo 3) there had no water at low tide. Tourists come by our boat sometimes and want to take their picture with it or something. Most of the time, they put transients on the outside dock. But this is really unsafe and certainly uncomfortable in a NW wind. If you have a shoal draft boat sometimes they put you on the inside of the south piers A, B, C etc. These are the docks that are out water in some places at low tide. We have to go on the ones on the north 1, 2, and 3.
The cost in 2002 was $1.10/ft plus $7.14/day for electricity (30 amp is $3.50) and taxes. In March 2002, the fuel was $1.13/gal for diesel. When the winds die to nothing we are eaten alive by no-see-ums, esp. at low tide.
Dinghy dockage (from the anchorage)is $2 + tax/day. Showers are $1.50/person. Garbage is 50 cents a bag.
Weekly rate is $10 + tax without showers, and $20 +tax with showers (up to 3 people) and trash disposal. This is as of Jan 1, 2002. Monthly is $35 without showers and $60 with.
Amelia Island Lighthouse
The Amelia Island Light was originally the Little Cumberland Island light of Georgia. In 1820 it was a modest fifty-feet tower at the entrance to the St. Mary’s River. In 1839, the Lighthouse Board moved it to Amelia Island, and the height of the tower was raised to sixty-four feet. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on February 13, 2003.
In 2001, the Coast Guard gave the Amelia Island Lighthouse, oil house, and surrounding property to the City of Fernandina Beach. But it is still an active aid to navigation, and when we saw it in February 2005, the lighthouse was off limits for visits. Volunteers in the Coast Guard Auxiliary assist the Coast Guard in maintaining the light.
The city is overseeing the current restoration of the lighthouse tower. Plans were to open the tower in 2004 on a limited basis. Small groups will be allowed to climb the sixty-nine granite stairs ro view Amelia Island and the Atlantic Ocean.
The major focus (pun intended) has been on the restoration of the lantern room and the parapet (gallery). Fortunately, the historic third-order Fresnel lens still remains in the tower.
ferandina beach florida
ferandina beach is the county seat of nassau county and the northeastern most town in florida. located on amelia island the area around ferandina was originally inhabited by the timucuan native american tribe. fernandina is known as the town of eight flags. over the years fernandina was controlled by the french, spanish, great britian, the patriots of amelia island. the green cross of florida, the mexican rebels, the united states, and the confederate states of america. of interest to tourists is amelia island's beautiful atlantic beach, excellent salt water fishing, and it's historic downtown. at the northern tip of amelia island is fort clinch state park which is an interesting place to visit. downtown fernandina has a number of good restaurants, bars, and B&B inns.
Amelia Hotel at the Beach
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Amelia Island Hotel
- Hotel Amelia Island
Address: 1997 South Fletcher Avenue, Fernandina Beach, Florida, 32034, United States