Why Amelia Island

We Chose Fernandina Beach

When my husband knelt on one knee and asked for my hand in marriage, I replied, “Yes, but only if we move to Amelia Island!”

The Palace Saloon is a Florida Landmark

Fernandina Beach, Florida holds a rich history including Florida‚Äôs oldest tavern, The Palace Saloon. Built in 1878, what started as a haberdashery, was purchased in 1903, stocked with boozed and named the Palace Saloon. Louis Hirth called his friend, the…
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Fernandina is the Queen of Summer Resorts

In the 1870‚Äôs Fernandina Beach, Florida, became a tourist attraction to thousands of rich northern tourists. Known as ‚ÄúThe Queen of Summer Resorts‚Äù according to an 1896 edition of American Resorts magazine, Amelia Island was brought into the Golden Age…
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When the Corner Hardware Store Thrived

In the 1950’s if you needed something in Fernandina Beach you simply made a trip to 3rd and Centre Street and paid a visit to Hardee Brothers Hardware store. It didn’t matter what you were looking for, they always seemed…
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Treasure Hunting

I have always loved to treasure hunt. Yes, you read it right, treasure hunting. I own a modern day metal detector and I love to go looking for coins and items long lost, bring them back to life and wonder…
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A Prosperous Merchant in Fernandina Beach

Frederick Willis Hoyt was a prosperous merchant in Fernandina Beach before the turn of the 20th century. He also built the 1905 Hoyt House. He was born June 3, 1856, in New Hampshire, and moved to NE Florida with his…
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Another Time in Historic Fernandina Beach

I think one of the most beautiful old neighborhoods on Amelia Island is North 6th. Street between Alachua and Broome. The old homes have character and truly reflect another time in historic Fernandina Beach. The charming architecture of these homes…
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Arthur and the Ox

We all have memories of our childhood and where we grew up, some are more vivid then others. One of my memories growing up here in Fernandina Beach, on Amelia Island, Florida, was that of an old black gentleman named…
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