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History of Amelia Island

Discover the rich history of Amelia Island

History Lovers Getaway Itinerary

Escape to an island named for a princess - where Indians roamed, pirates plundered, gilded age millionaires visited and lived, and African-Americans came to play as a refuge from segregation. Welcome to your weekend history lesson.

African American Heritage Itinerary

Take a look back and experience the depth of African-American history and heritage on our storied coast. Let this itinerary inspire you to come and learn, celebrate and memorialize African American history on Amelia Island. 

Historic Bed & Breakfasts

Amelia Island's charming bed & breakfast inns are picture perfect in every way with secret gardens, shady courtyards, porch swings and rockers, fountains, stately architecture, and distinctive decor. Each award-winning property offers daily breakfasts, afternoon happy hours, lodging packages, and loads of history.  All are just steps away from bustling downtown Fernandina Beach with restaurants, shops, sightseeing tours, activities and nightlife.

Fort Clinch State Park

This 1,500-acre historic park provides exceptional recreational activities and wildlife viewing. Sixty-nine campsites offer unparalleled overnight Real Florida experiences. Enjoy miles of bicycling on the historic oak-canopy drive, or hiking and biking on the 6-mile multi-use trail. Visit Fort Clinch and step back to 1864, as soldiers reenact life during the Civil War. Three miles of beautiful shoreline for fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing, and shelling.

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Along the way, Amelia Island has drawn lively characters including adventurers, pirates, princesses, robber barons and artists of all varieties.

Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach

50 blocks of charm await in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, an enchanting Victorian seaport village.

The Real Treasure Island

Amelia Island's geography set the stage for its' destiny as a maritime magnet for all kinds of adventurers.

Palace Saloon - Ghost of Charlie

The oldest bar in the state of Florida isn't still operating without a few good stories to tell.

Wild-Caught Amelia

Amelia Island history and the shrimping industry are connected as intertwined as the weave of a perfectly fashioned net.

Meet Me on American Beach

One of the most fascinating chapters in the story of Amelia Island, American Beach came to be through the efforts of Florida's first African American millionaire, Abraham Lincoln Lewis.

Spirits of Amelia Island

Home to Florida's oldest saloon and a modern-day distillery, Amelia Island's lively spirits are ready to welcome you for a fall getaway where you tour local haunts.

Photos From Our Visitors!

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.