Amelia Island's treasured historic property, Florida House Inn, is open again for lodging guests.
Fernandina Beach, FL – One of Amelia Island’s treasured historic properties and a popular bed and breakfast is open again for lodging guests, private parties and events, including weddings. A major renovation of the 152-year old Fernandina Beach property has made it possible to reopen after its closing in January of 2010.
Constructed in 1857, the Florida House Inn is considered the state’s oldest surviving hotel. It was built by railroad pioneer David Yulee, who helped spearhead Florida’s statehood in 1845. Ulysses S. Grant stayed at the inn, as did Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti. The Inn was a popular destination for northerners who flocked to the “Newport of the South” in the late 1800s. The Carnegies and their prestigious guests including the Rockefellers, Goulds and Morgans would travel from Cumberland Island to enjoy the inn’s famed hospitality and celebrated Sunday suppers.
Truly a family affair, Ernie Saltmarsh, owner and local businessman, supervised the renovation which has included refinishing all the floors and insuring all remodeling is historically accurate. His daughter Emily and her fiancé, Marshall Sands are innkeepers of the Florida House Inn.
Saltmarsh shared, “We are pleased as a family who loves Amelia Island to be able to bring the Florida House Inn back to life. She is a grand old lady and is looking for a lot more years of offering her famous hospitality to visitors from all over the world.”
Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island has a rich history and a thriving downtown with many unique locally owned shops and a wide variety of restaurants, all within walking distance of the historic inn. Florida House Inn will offer 16 rooms for overnight accommodations and special packaging for weddings and groups. The Mermaid Bar is open to the public. The restaurant will open at a later date. The iconic property with its ideal location in the heart of Fernandina Beach will be a great addition to Fernandina’s historic district and lodging offerings.
For reservations 904-451-3722 or 800-258-3301 – or go to www.floridahouseinn.com.