Getting on/off trolley. Walking and standing at Fort Clinch. Walking 2 blocks from hotel for dinner.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a breakfast buffet with waffles, eggs, sausage, pastries, coffee, water and juices.
History of Fernandina - At the hotel, hear from an expert about the 8 flags of Fernandina. The area was first inhabited by the Timucuan Indian tribe. Known as the "Isle of 8 Flags", it has had the following flags flown over it since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags. We will then board the trolley at our hotel with our expert to see the downtown historic district. You'll hear stories of the visionary whose exhilarating dream so stirred his neighbors that they agreed to move their entire town to the site of a plantation he owned, creating "New" Fernandina in the 1850s. From the "giant" Timucua Native Americans, to Spanish and French explorers, to the lawless spirit of pirates, to the dignified air of Victorian-era residents, Amelia Island has been home to diverse cultures that have left a truly exciting heritage. We will observe the uniquely gracious and historic homes of another century and learn of the efforts to preserve their nearly extinct, pristine architectural styles, as well as the small town’s fragile sense of community and historical integrity.
At a popular restaurant in the historic district, we will enjoy a plated meal, with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
We will next travel by trolley to Fort Clinch, a part of the Florida State Park system since 1935. The fort is one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country, thanks to the preservation and restoration efforts of the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. While garrisoned during the Civil War and the Spanish-American War, the fort has never seen action. Civil War-period reenactors will bring garrison living to life for us.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a plated dinner, plus coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.