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The Amelia Island Lighthouse is considered the oldest structure on the island. First constructed in 1820 on Georgia's Cumberland Island, it was dismantled and moved in 1938 and reconstructed on Amelia Island. Construction was completed in 1839.

For those interested in a closer look, lighthouse tours are offered on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 10:00 a.m. Tours depart from the Atlantic Recreation Center. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children age 12 and under.

The Amelia Island Museum of History is housed in the historic Nassau County jail and showcases some 4,000 years of Florida history, including its eight flags of occupation. The museum offers exhibits, educational lectures, walking tours and ghost tours.

233 South Third Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
(904) 261-7378


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Amelia Community Theatre
209 Cedar Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone: 904-261-6749

Amelia Community Theatre is a volunteer, not for profit corporation, chartered by the State of Florida. Auditions and participation are open to all.

Amelia Island Museum of History
Walking Tours of Historic Fernandina Beach
233 South Third Street
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone: 904-261-7378

Given by the Amelia Island Museum of History, walking tours take groups up Historic Centre Street and into the Silk Stocking District introducing them to the many great historical figures who influenced the architecture and business on the island. These tours can be modified for children.


Amelia Island History Museum
The museum is located in the restored Nassau County Jail, circa 1935, in the heart of Fernandina's Historic District and is one of Northeast Florida's most unique cultural institutions. The museum is noted as Florida's first oral history museum, and is complete with historical objects and archaeological finds.

Experience history exclusively through the narrations of docents, walking tour guides, lecturers and instructors who revive 4,000 years of Amelia Island's astonishingly impressive history, personalized by museum artifacts and the Victorian seaport architecture of Fernandina Beach.

Amelia Island Museum of History
233 South Third Street
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034

Phone: 904-261-9701 (x12)
Fax: 904-261-9701

Museum Hours:
Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Sunday 1pm-3pm

8 Flags Tour:
11am and 2pm daily

Admission:
$7 Adults, $4 Student/Active Military


Maritime Museum of Amelia Island
115 South 2nd St. Suite B
Fernandina Beach, Florida 32034
Phone: 904.432.7086
Website: www.maritimemuseumai.org
Hours: Tues - Sat, 9:30am - 6pm. Closed Sun & Mon

Amelia Island has served under 8 flags since our founding. Our museum highlights many artifacts and the role that maritime history has contributed over the past 500 hundred years in addition to treasure we have on display from Spanish ships that has been recovered from shipwrecks off the coast of Florida.

If you are interested in maritime and military history, pirates and Spanish treasure fleets, make sure to visit the Maritime Museum located in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. You may even hear a sea story or two from actual divers who have found Spanish gold and silver from the Florida seas. Our artifacts are rich in local maritime history as well as others that include US Navy memorabilia, weapons from multiple time periods, a Soviet era KGB diving suit, an artifact from an expedition to the Titanic and of course, Spanish treasure.




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Getting to Amelia Island
Amelia is only 30 minutes from Jacksonville International Airport. By auto, two bridges connect Amelia Island with the mainland. From I-95, take Fernandina Beach Exit 129, turn east onto A1A and travel 15 miles, cross the Intracoastal Waterway into the heart of Amelia Island.

Visitors traveling from the south may prefer to take A1A north of Jacksonville to the Mayport auto ferry which crosses the St. Johns River, or take A1A farther north to J. Turner Butler Blvd., then north on Hwy 115 over the Dames Point Bridge. Both options continue on A1A north over Big and Little Talbot Island onto Amelia.

Amelia Island Golf Courses and Country Clubs
Golfing on Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach is a splendid pleasure, with natural surroundings, oceanfront golf courses and pristine golf resorts that challenge skilled golfers and reward those lucky enough to experience all the wonderful golfing that Amelia has to offer. Public and Private courses abound as well as Golf Lessons and Instruction from the Pros.

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