Getting on/off trolley. Minimal walking/standing at Fort Clinch on uneven terrain. Slopped incline to second level of Fort Clinch with no railings.
At the hotel, we will enjoy a buffet breakfast with fresh fruit, eggs, biscuits, waffles, pancakes, danish, bacon or sausage and more, plus coffee, tea, water.
Start the morning off with a history presentation by a local expert before boarding an authentic trolley just for our group with pick up at the hotel. Receive a brief history of Amelia Island, including the story 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 downtown, 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. Explore the many rooms, galleries and grounds of the fort as you learn how the soldiers worked and lived each day.
At a restaurant in the historic district, we will enjoy a plated meal, with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
After dinner we will walk back to the hotel where we will be joined by a local expert on island ecology in the conference room.