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AMELIA ISLAND, FLORIDA

When Florida Was A Wild Frontier: Pirates, Smugglers, and Slavers in Amelia Island's Chaos Period

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6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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Itinerary for Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Hotel Check in & program orientation.
Arrive To: Participants will check in to hotel and meet the program hostess, Brenda. The group will then walk to a nearby restaurant and have dinner as a group. After dinner, the group will walk to the museum for the orientation presentation.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - Amelia Island's Back-story: The 8 Flags. Excursi...
Amelia Island's Back-story: The 8 Flags. Excursions to Kinglsey Plantation and American Beach.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Presentation: The Natives of Northeast Florida, presented. Discover the original natives of Amelia Island, the Timucua. The Timucua had a thriving civilization in the area until they were decimated by European war, slavery, and disease. Delve into the lives of these interesting people and their sad fate

Presentation: 8 Flags Over Amelia Part I (French, Spanish, and British). Explore the bloody beginnings of Florida history as 3 major European superpowers vie for control of Northeast Florida.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants

Afternoon: Presentation: 8 Flags Over Amelia Part II (Patriot, Green Cross, and Mexican Rebel). During the early 18th century, Florida became a chaotic hotbed of shadowy activity. Locally known as the Chaos Period, this era of Florida history is riddled with colorful characters and dubious activities. This program will be a brief overview of the period that will be discussed in far more detail throughout the week

Trip to Kingsley Plantation National Park The plantation's owner, Zebadiah Kingsley, married his young African slave, Anna Kingsley. After Zebadiah's death, Anna inherited her freedom and Zebadiah's substantial estate. She would go on to expand the plantation's operations and become of the area's most powerful women.

Excursion to American Beach. Located on the south end of Amelia Island, American Beach was one of the few African American resort areas in the United States. Purchased by Abraham Lincoln Lewis (Florida's first African American millionaire) in 1935, American Beach became a thriving beach-side resort community during the age of segregation. Music greats, such as Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong, frequented the beach's many clubs and many of America's most influential African Americans owned homes on the beach. Today American Beach is but a shadow of its former glory. Still boasting a strong African American community, American Beach is squeezed by modern development.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Getting to know the art of Amelia. Take a break from the dark side of Amelia to enjoy a warm reception by the Amelia Island Art Association. Have a glass of wine as you get to better know your fellow participants and the thriving local art community.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Amelia's Chaos Period: The Illegal Slave Trade, B...
Amelia's Chaos Period: The Illegal Slave Trade, Black Pirates, and Secret Invasions. Walking tour through historic downtown Fernandina.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel

Morning: Presentation: Fort Mose: Florida's Bastion of Black Freedom. The Spanish governor of Florida, fearing invasion from the British colonies to the north, takes drastic action. To bolster his forces, he offers freedom and land to any slaves that can make it to Florida and pledge their allegiance to Spain. Escaped slaves from Georgia and the Carolina comes by the thousands, and true to his word, the governor establishes Fort Mose for his new black soldiers. But how long would this exodus go unnoticed by the British plantation owners?

Pirates: Fact or Fiction presented by Joe Anderson in AIMH's Baker Hall

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Guided excursion through downtown Fernandina Beach. The birthplace of the modern shrimping industry, Florida's oldest saloon, and plenty of Victorian architecture await as you explore one of Florida's best-kept secrets.

Trip to Old Town, the Original Fernandina. Only a shadow of its former glory, Old Town boasted a fort, Spanish plaza, slave warehouses, and more. Currently a sleepy residential area, many of Old Town's landmarks have disappeared since Fernandina was moved in the 1850's.

Presentation: Gregor MacGregor: The Greatest Huckster in History. In 1817, Amelia Island was invaded by a motley crew of mercenaries led by Gregor MacGregor. MacGregor, fresh from helping Simon Bolivar establish a free Argentina, sought to "liberate" Florida and establish another democratic state. Discover on of history's most colorful character as his exploits bring him to Amelia Island.

Presentation: The Patriot Invasion of Northeast Florida: Under the Surface. During the chaos brought about by the War of 1812, a secret plot was hatched to steal Florida from Spain. With secret presidential approval, a group of rag-tag militia from the southern U.S. invaded northeast Florida. This small band of ruffians almost succeeded in securing Florida for the United States, but failed in what is locally called the Other War of 1812.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - Amelia's Chaos Period: Pirates and Smugglers Galo...
Amelia's Chaos Period: Pirates and Smugglers Galore! Field Trip to Fort Clinch

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Presentation: Smuggling: A Beginner’s Guide. Smuggling put Fernandina on the map (at least early on), but why was it so lucrative and what kind of goods were being smuggled? This lecture will discuss the economics of local smuggling throughout various eras and why it was such a big deal.

Presentation: Luis Aury: Pirate, Privateer, Revolutionary. Amelia Island's 5th flag was strangely that of the Mexican Rebels. Hoisted by French-born pirate, Luis Aury, this short-lived flag came on the heels of MacGregor's occupation of the island. Fresh from Galveston, Texas and Mexico, Aury fancied himself a revolutionary, though most of the world would call him a pirate. This presentation will delve into the story of one of Fernandina's colorful conquers, Luis Aury.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Amelia's Victorian Tea in AIMH's Baker Hall. Field trip to Fort Clinch. Situated on the northern tip of Amelia Island, Fort Clinch was built to defend Amelia Island and the mouth of the St. Marys River. It was largely built with slave labor, but would later become an icon for freedom when Union forces occupied the island during the American Civil War. It played an important role in curbing Confederate smuggling and training the escaped Confederate slaves that flocked to the island to be free.

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Conversations with History. The Amelia Island Museum of History boasts a cast of "1st person presenters". These costumed reenactors portray some of the area's more colorful historical characters. Part theater, part history, our first person presenters help bring history alive in a fun and engaging way.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: The Hampton Inn & Suites is located within walking distance to a variety of 50 eclectic shops and over 25 restaurants. At the Hampton Inn & suites Amelia Island Hotel you will experience the true taste of island life at its best in Florida.

Contact info:
19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/florida/hampton-inn-and-suites-amelia-island-historic-harbor-front-AISHSHX/index.html

Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.

Facility amenities: Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, and complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, high speed Internet access in every room, wireless Internet access in the lobby, meeting rooms and public areas, coffee and tea in the café 24 hours a day, and USA Today copies (Monday-Friday). Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $190
Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - Field Trip down the Amelia and St. Marys Rivers. ...
Field Trip down the Amelia and St. Marys Rivers. Much of Fernandina's history revolves around her harbor. Boarding a boat and venturing out onto these historic waters gives us a unique vantage point to explore the island's turbulent past. The trip will feature points of historical interest and bountiful natural beauty as we explore the natural boundary between Florida and Georgia. N

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Trip down the Amelia and St. Marys Rivers. Much of Fernandina's history revolves around her harbor. Boarding a boat and venturing out onto these historic waters gives us a unique vantage point to explore the island's turbulent past. The trip will feature points of historical interest and bountiful natural beauty as we explore the natural boundary between Florida and Georgia.

Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Afternoon: Field Trip- From Smuggler’s Den to Victorian Seaport: A Trip through Fernandina’s Victorian District. After the end of the Civil War, union soldiers would return north with tales of Fernandina's warm weather and beautiful scenery. Northern steamers would establish routes to Fernandina and the area would quickly evolve from a shadowy backwater harbor to a Victorian hot-spot. This new influx of tourism and the development of the area's natural resources would catapult Fernandina into a golden age. This trip through Fernandina will highlight the remnants of Fernandina's dark past, juxtaposed to Fernandina's celebrated Victorian mansions and churches.

Presentation: Amelia Island in the Civil War: Secession, Occupation, and Black Recruiting Grounds. Shortly after becoming part of the United States, America was gripped by civil war. Florida sided with the newly formed Confederacy and seceded from the union. As part of its Anaconda Strategy, the Union forces blockaded or occupied many southern harbors to starve the confederates of much needed supplies and trade. In 1862, union forces landed on Amelia Island as confederate forces withdrew to areas deemed more important to the war. Occupied by the union, Fernandina became a symbol for freedom in the deep south and thousands of slaves would flee their plantations in hopes of reaching Amelia Island and their freedom. Many of these newly freed slaves would be formed into the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, the first African American fighting unit in U.S. history

Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.

Evening: Haunted History: Explore Fernandina's shadowy and unexplained happenings. Any old town has its share of ghost stories. A town with Fernandina's turbulent past has more than its share of restless souls. discover some of her dubious happenings and legends that surround them.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Hotel Check-out & Program Wrap-up
Depart From: Program wrap-up: Collect name tags, do evaluations, stamp passports and receive boxed lunches. Program concludes.

Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel. Check out of hotel.

Morning: 1st Person Presentation by John Broadbent. Enjoy a costumed reenactor portraying John Broadbent, one of Fernandina's more colorful and reclusive residents.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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