Amelia Island Historical Tour
Duration: 6 hours
Tour Code: JAC-005
Delve into the captivating history of Amelia Island by visiting a former cotton plantation and a well-preserved 19th-century fort, followed by free time in a Historic District.
After departing from the pier, you will enjoy a picturesque drive north to Amelia Island, a barrier island that the British named for Princess Amelia, daughter of King George II. The island is wonderfully historic, as eight flags have flown here during its more than 400 years of recorded history, including the Mexican Rebel flag and Confederate flag.
One of the tour’s highlights is Kingsley Plantation, where cotton was grown in the 18th and 19th centuries. This once magnificent estate was the home of a white slave owner who married an African-born princess. Anna Kingsley and her husband were sound business practitioners here until the decision was made to abandon their Florida life and move to Haiti. One of the oldest plantations in Florida, the property has been thoroughly excavated, revealing the remains of a sugar mill and more than two dozen slave cabins built of tabby, a cement-like material mixed with oyster shells discarded by Native Americans. As you stroll about the plantation, you can easily imagine low-country life centuries ago.
You will also stop at Fort Clinch, one of America’s best-preserved 19th-century forts. Although no battles were fought here, troops from the Civil War and Spanish American War were garrisoned at Fort Clinch. Period furnishings, artifacts and costumed re-enactors will provide a glimpse into the lives of the troops and how they endured the heat and humidity.
Later, you will enjoy approximately two hours of free time to enjoy lunch and explore the shops in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach, which is located on the northern end of Amelia Island. Afterwards, you will rejoin your coach and return to the pier. Those who are not on time for the return departure will be responsible for making their own way back to the ship at their own expense.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of moderate walking plus any additional walking at the guests’ discretion during free time. There will be some steps and cobblestone surfaces to negotiate. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests and may not be suitable for those with mobility concerns who are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Weather appropriate clothing; sun cap; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The tour sequence may vary.