March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013 Day 304
Amelia Island Yacht Basin
Fernandina Beach, FL
Total miles to date: 5083.3

We had another great day – this time touring Fernandina Beach, the only city on Amelia Island. We took a taxi to the historic downtown area and spent a few hours walking down streets with beautiful homes built in the 1800’s and also visiting many of the small shops.  A 50 block area is on the National Register.  Centre Street is the main street of the shopping area, and some shops and restaurants are cleverly named: "Front and Centre", and “A Little Off Centre”.

Amelia Island has a rich and colorful history under eight flags including well known ones of France, Spain, England, Mexico, Confederate States of America, and the United States.  The town of Fernandina was established in 1811 and was named for King Ferdinand VII of Spain.

We had dinner at a seafood restaurant complete with Key Lime Pie for dessert. This is our last night in Florida and it only seemed appropriate!
Prescott House
Built in 1876

First Presbyterian Church, 1858
Oldest church building on the island
Meddaugh House
Built in 1850
Baker House - 17 rooms
Built in 1859
Tomorrow we will leave Florida after having been here for 4 months.  We have many fond memories here and will look forward to coming back next year.  Fernandina Beach will definitely be on the list!

We will go to Cumberland Island, Georgia tomorrow and anchor out for two days.  We received some wonderful news tonight.  Our daughter, Kari, will be visiting us in Hilton Head March 21-25!