History Travel Guide

Discover the rich history of Amelia Island

Isle of Eight Flags

The Timucuan natives were the first to inhabit these shores, calling the island Napoyca. However, it is the eight official flags that have claimed dominion over this barrier island which has given Amelia Island the moniker "Isle of Eight Flags". 

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Amelia Island Lighthouse - A Beacon of Hope

Few structures in Florida can boast a heritage as long and intriguing as the Amelia Island Lighthouse where its light can still be seen 16 miles out at sea. Learn more about the oldest existing lighthouse in the state of Florida. 

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Amelia Island's African American History

Take a look back and experience the depth of African-American history and heritage on our storied coast. 

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Historic Train Depot - Welcome Center

History abounds when you step inside the old historic train depot at the foot of Centre Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. Now the Amelia Island Welcome Center, all Amelia Island vacations begin here. Learn about the island's storied past including the eight flags we have flown under, pirates that have roamed our waters, and David Yulee whose statue sits just outside the welcome center doors. The experienced & friendly staff will provide you with up-to-date information on attractions, events, dining, and everything "Amelia".

Walking Tours

Walking tours take groups up Centre Street and into the Silk Stocking District introducing them to the many great historical figures who influenced the architecture and business on the island.

The Florida House Inn

The Florida House Inn is located in the very heart of Fernandina Beach and is the oldest surviving hotel in the state of Florida. She serves as the matriarch of the historic district of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The inn offers 16 guest rooms, an English style pub, a parlor room, private breakfast room, seating for 75 in the dining room, large wrap around porches and a beautifully landscaped garden and courtyard.

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.