After nearly two years of extensive restoration, the historic Fernandina Beach Railroad Depot will reopen on Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m..
Painting by William Maurer
Amelia Island, FL – After nearly two years of extensive restoration, the historic Fernandina Beach Railroad Depot will reopen on Monday, June 8 at 10 a.m.. As the location of the Amelia Island Welcome Center, the building is a focal point of the community – one worthy of the over $300,000 in renovation costs. Located at 102 Centre Street in historic Fernandina Beach, the depot, which is included in the National Park Service’s Historic American Buildings Survey, has been restored to boast its original historic charm and combine contemporary technology to welcome the visitors from around the world who arrive to Amelia Island.
“We’re very proud of this Welcome Center and the outstanding dedication and hard work of all those who collaborated on this project,” said Gil Langley, President and CEO of the Amelia Island CVB. “Visitors can now fully appreciate the historic significance of the building and enjoy the modern resources for trip planning it will provide for years to come.”
Funding for the project was provided by Nassau County Board of County Commissioners through the Amelia Island Tourist Development Council, the City of Fernandina Beach, and the Restoration Foundation. Local businesses provided pro bono materials and labor including lumber, landscaping, architecture, and project management. The Old Florida Railroad Train Depot has been an icon on Fernandina Beach’s waterfront for more than 115 years and has been updated and restored to better serve visitors to the island. The Welcome Center now integrates new technology through interactive kiosks where visitors can find out about area restaurants, activities and lodging. Wall monitors display photos and videos highlighting unique aspects of Amelia Island, along with weather forecasts and social media information.
The Amelia Island Welcome Center will be open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sundays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 904-277-0717.