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Amelia, Beautiful and Historic Isle of Eight Flags

Program Number: 20278RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/17/2013 - 3/22/2013; 1/11/2015 - 1/16/2015; 1/25/2015 - 1/30/2015; 2/8/2015 - 2/13/2015; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015; 3/8/2015 - 3/13/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Amelia Island, Florida
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Explore Amelia Island’s tumultuous past and colorful present. Led by Amelia Island Museum of History experts, take a comprehensive look at this lovely seaport town’s legacy from its original residents circa 2,000 BC — the Timacua Indians — to modern times. Examine intrigue among French, Spanish, British, American and pirate adventurers; the Revolutionary and Civil wars; the coming of the railroad; the “Golden Age” of Victorian architecture; and historic preservation of Fernandina Beach on the National Register of Historic Places.




Highlights

• During expert-led field trips, explore the Old Town Historic District, Kingsley Plantation, Fort Clinch State Park, and a Timacuan archaeological site.
• Explore Kingsley Plantation, one of the last surviving indigo plantations in Florida.
• Learn about the area's maritime history and see more of her natural beauty from the water, including dolphins and wild horses that graze on shore.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles; some stairs.




Date Specific Information

3-17-2013

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by the Amelia Island Museum of History.




Amelia Island

Amelia Island is a picturesque resort community rich in history. It was the playground of the affluent, and today, visitors – as well as seasonal and year-round residents – enjoy its sandy beaches, colorful seaside villages and popular dining spots.



Accommodations
Comfortable hotel in historic downtown Fernandina Beach.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Jim Longacre

Jim holds a B.S. in electrical engineering and law degree from Ohio State University. He spent much of his career as a patent lawyer in Washington D.C. His retired life is largely devoted to local history. Jim is an active museum volunteer and reads whatever historical materials he can get his hands on. Today he teaches patent law and provides a wide variety of programs for local museums. His research interests include black history, Civil War history, and the Reconstruction Era.
 
William Birdsong

Bill is a native Floridian and a retired obstetrician-gynecologist (U.S. Air Force and the University of California, Davis). He also holds a master’s in anthropology at the University of Hawaii and has been active in the museum as a docent, lecturer, and in education for many years. His research interests include Native American populations and Civil War history.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn & Suites
  Fernandina Beach Florida 5 nights
 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. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, complimentary deluxe continental breakfast, in-room coffeemaker, iron and ironing board, and TV with cable. Guests also enjoy the following complimentary items: On the House TM hot breakfast, Hampton's On the Run TM breakfast bags (Monday-Friday), 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(R) copies Monday-Friday. Hampton also offers a 24 hour front desk, message and fax service.
  Contact info: 19 South 2nd Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 USA
phone: 904-491-4911
web: www.hamptoninnandsuites.net/
  Room amenities: A coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and complimentary in-room movie channel is available in all rooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $110 - $190 Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $110 - $190 Guests must make additional night accommodations directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3-5pm Hotel check-in & Road Scholar registration in lobby. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
11am. Check out of hotel before leaving for first lecture. You will be staying at Hampton Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. None
  Parking availability:
Parking is plentiful at the hotel and throughout the downtown area.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Fernandina Beach Florida
  Nearest city or town:  Jacksonville Florida
  Nearest highway: I-95
  Nearest airport:  JAX International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Fernandina Beach Florida
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Jacksonville

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
VIP Taxi
phone: 904-753-6480
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$47
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

.5 

 

Distance:

 

~25 miles

   

Ask for Vic and mention that you are with the museum's Road Scholar group. Call 24 hours before arrival time to confirm.

 
Driving Directions
  From Airport After exiting airport, follow airport road to I-95 North. Drive ~ 6 miles to exit 373. Follow directions from north/south
  From North(Savannah or Brunswick, GA) or South (Jacksonville, FL) on I-95 From Interstate 95, take exit 373 (Yulee, Fernandina Beach - SR 200/A1A) and turn east toward Amelia Island - about a 15 minute drive to the Thomas Shave Bridge. After crossing the bridge, continue on 8th Street (A1A) to Ash Street (1 block north of 6th stoplight). Turn left on Ash and drive 6 blocks to South 2nd Street. Turn right and you will see the hotel on your left.
  From West (Tallahassee) I-10 to I-95 - and follow directions from north/south
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Hotel check-in & program orientation.
(Sunday, March 17)
   
 Arrive To: Participants will check in to hotel and meet the program hostess, Brenda.
 Dinner: The group will walk to a nearby restaurant and have dinner as a group.
 Evening: Following dinner, the group will walk to the museum for the orientation presentation.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 8 Flags over Amelia: The Story of Our Island
(Monday, March 18)
   
 Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."
 Morning: Amelia Island is the only place in the United States that has had 8 different flags fly over its shores. Discover who vied for control over the island during its colorful early history.
 Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.
 Afternoon: After experiencing Fernandina's beauty for yourself, learn about what is being done to preserve it. The Honorable Bruce Malcolm, the former Mayor of Fernandina, will discuss the efforts to preserve our local character.
 Afternoon: Fernandina is known for its rich Victorian architecture and charm. Discover it first-hand with an engaging architectural presentation, followed by a field trip through a portion of Fernandina's beautiful historic district.
 Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.
 Evening: Beneath Fernandina's sleepy sea-side exterior lies a darker side. Florida was once a wild frontier and Fernandina was once frequented by smugglers, pirates and other such scoundrels. Discover the true stories of some of the area's pirates and more dubious characters.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Discover the rich history of our island. Through a series of lectures and field trips, participants will explore the island's natives, archeological digs, civil war years, black history and more.
(Tuesday, March 19)
   
 Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."
 Morning: Discover the original inhabitants of Amelia Island, the Timucua. Their civilization once spanned from South Georgia to Cape Canaveral, but sadly their time was cut short by the wars, slavery, and diseases brought by the Europeans. Afterward, delve into the field of archeology and learn about what's been found in our area and how they find it.
 Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.
 Afternoon: Explore Old Town, the original Fernandina. Believe it or not, the town of Fernandina actually packed up and moved in 1853. See the site and learn the story behind the move to "new Fernandina". Afterward, experience Fort Clinch, a Civil War era fort on the north end of Amelia Island. Complete with cannons, Union soldiers, miles of nature trails, Fort Clinch is one of Florida's flagship state parks.
 Afternoon: Fernandina has a rich African American history as well. Amelia Island briefly held the dubious title of the capital of the illegal slave trade. It would later become an important recruiting ground for escaped slaves to become Union soldiers during the Civil War. The first battle found by black soldiers took place just outside of Fernandina in 1864. Discover the many notable events in black history that took place in our area.
 Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: See the wilder side of Amelia. Experience our non-human inhabitants and vast natural beauty that our area has to offer.
(Wednesday, March 20)
   
 Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."
 Morning: Amelia Island is the nesting grounds for several species of endangered sea turtles. Discover more about these elusive creatures and what's being done to protect them. Afterward, experience the wilder side of Florida as Ranger Allan Hallman of the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission discusses some of Florida's more unusual inhabitants.
 Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's fine restaurants.
 Afternoon: Explore Kingsley Plantation, one of the last surviving indigo plantations in Florida. Anna Kingsley, a freed slave, ran the plantation for many years. A slave-holder herself, Anna was a major economic force in the region for many years. Afterward, discover American Beach. Purchased by the Afro-American Life Insurance Company, American Beach was one of only beaches where blacks could vacation in the Jim Crow South. A double-edged sword, integration spelled the end of American Beach's appeal, but the area is still an active African American community where Luis Armstrong and Cab Calloway once frequented.
 Afternoon: Meet John Broadbent (played by Sam Boyd) on of Amelia's historically colorful characters.
 Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.
 Evening: Discover what goes bump in Fernandina after dark. Part history, part ghost story, explore Fernandina's paranormal activity while enjoying more of its Victorian charm.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Experience Amelia Island by sea with a field trip through her harbor. Then see her softer side with a trip through her historic district and an authentic Victorian Tea Party.
(Thursday, March 21)
   
 Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."
 Morning: An important part of Fernandina is her natural, deep-water harbor. Experience it first-hand with a trip through the harbor. Hear about the area's maritime history and see more of her natural beauty from the water. Dolphins and wild horses are common sites from the water.
 Lunch: Lunch at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.
 Afternoon: Experience more of Fernandina's historic characters through "Conversations with History". History comes to life during this interactive presentation showcasing some of Fernandina's historical characters.
 Afternoon: Walk through another part of Fernandina's historic district, exploring historic churches, Victorian mansions and more.
 Afternoon: Experience an authentic Victorian Tea Party. Sit back, relax, and enjoy spiced tea, historic snack recipes, and a presentation from the Baileys, Fernandina's most famous Victorian couple.
 Dinner: Dinner at one of Fernandina's many fine restaurants.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-up program, evaluations, and departure.
(Friday, March 22)
   
 Breakfast: Everything from breakfast pastries and fresh fruit to "make your own Belgian waffles."
 Morning: Meet David Yulee (played by Fred Giltmier), the man who singled-handedly moved Fernandina from Old Town to its current location in 1853. Get his take on Fernandina's history and ask him where he sees Fernandina going in the future.
 Lunch: Program wrap-up, evaluations, and boxed lunches to go.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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