Downtown Fernandina Beach at night.

History Buffs Unite! Here Are the Top Historic Sites Near Amelia Island

Amelia Island is known for warm weather, beautiful beaches, and excellent hospitality. There are also historic sights near Amelia Island that have played an essential role in the community. The history of our coastal town keeps the community unique and tells the story of the people and places that have made Amelia Island so special.   

If you want to step back from the hustle and bustle, visit us on Amelia Island! Our Inn is the perfect place to reset and relax. Our Vacation Guide will help you plan an unforgettable trip! Restaurants, beaches, activities, attractions, and so much more are inside. Get your copy and begin planning your Amelia Island vacation.

Historic Sites Near Amelia Island  

Fort Clinch State Park 

The history of Fort Clinch dates to the 1730s, but the fort as we know it began being built after the War of 1812. The fort was under Union Army control during the Civil War starting in 1862. Moreover, during World War II, the fort was used as a joint operations center for surveillance and communications. This is a short history of the fort, so be sure to visit this historic landmark along with other state parks and travel back in time!  

Amelia Island Lighthouse   

The Amelia Island lighthouse is the oldest in Florida and was constructed from the bricks of the Cumberland Island Lighthouse in Georgia. This incredible monument has withstood the test of time, guiding sailors into the harbor. This lighthouse is operational today, and the light can be seen for 15 miles! See a part of Florida and U.S. history at this amazing sight!  

Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach  

Downtown Fernandina Beach is an incredibly special place because it is the site of the last Spanish city in the Western Hemisphere. The original city plat from 1811 is well preserved, and many of the homes in the area are from the 19th century. Because of Spanish influence, the downtown area is the perfect place to see the history of our city. 

Palace Saloon  

In the mood for a drink? Visit the historic Palace Saloon! Founded in 1903, this saloon is the oldest in Florida and dates to Fernandina’s heyday in shipping. Walk the historic district streets, and grab a seat at the bar; you might even hear a story or two!  

Amelia Island Museum of History  

Fernandina Beach is a blend of cultures. From the Timucua Native American tribe to the European explorers and beyond to the early days of the United States, our area is a melting pot of people and their stories. Visit the Amelia Island Museum of History and learn how the city we know today came to be!  

Another historic site on your list should be The Addison on Amelia Island!

he main building of our Inn was built in 1876 and has been a private home, infirmary, doctor’s office, and a rooming house too. Stay with us and enjoy 11 ½ foot ceilings, the original heart of pine floors, and exceptional service! Browse our accommodations and packages to get started! No matter what brings you to Amelia Island, it is sure to be a trip for the history books!

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