Local Area History
Always a desirable location… the Fernandina Beach / Amelia Island area holds the distinction of being the only area in the United States to have been ruled under eight different flags. Strategic location, amazing flora, deep waterways teeming with life and a safe haven from weather are all reasons why Kings, Pirates and Presidents coveted this area.
Charming Fernandina Beach-a historic Victorian-era seaport-provides ample opportunities for you to shop or dine in an eclectic array of shops and restaurants. Having been ruled under eight different national flags, Fernandina Beach has always been a desirable place to live. Dating back to the mid-1500s, Fernandina-as Fernandina Beach was known until 1951-was originally located at what is now known as “Old Town.” Local legends say that pirates’ treasure and Spanish galleons are still buried there.
Later moved to form the eastern terminus of Henry Flagler’s first railroad in Florida, Fernandina Beach is the county seat of Nassau County. Bounded by the St. Marys and Amelia Rivers, Fernandina Beach is internationally known as the birthplace of the modern shrimping industry. Watch fisherman unload their hauls as you make your way down Centre Street, a charming eight-block corridor with pedestrian-friendly street-scaping leading to the Intracoastal Waterway and the Fernandina Harbor Marina. Centre Street comprises the heart of the city’s 50-block historic center lined with quaint boutiques, art galleries, cafés and lovely late-Victorian architecture.
Jacksonville combines the best of a cosmopolitan city with the finest of Southern traditions – warm hospitality, friendly manners and a slower pace. A certain gentle attitude not found in locales farther south are present in the malls, fine restaurants and eclectic shops. You will experience this feeling first hand every time a passer-by smiles and speaks a friendly, “Good Morning” and continues on their way.