Amelia Island is the Florida beach with a Southern accent. Set in the Sea Island chain, this barrier island was named among the Top 10 North American islands by Conde Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards for seven consecutive years and recognized as a Top 25 Island in the World, Amelia Island is treasured for its long stretches of quiet beaches, natural beauty, unique history, and charming seaport character.
Named for Princess Amelia, daughter of George II of Great Britain, Amelia Island is the only place in the United States to have been under the dominion of eight different flags. It’s been home to an array of cultures and colorful characters; they’ve left behind a legendary legacy (and much to explore.) This home a former sea captain’s residence located in Old Town, was used as Pippi Longstocking’s home in the movie that was filmed on Amelia Island in the late 1980’s.
With a long, colorful history under eight different flags, it’s not a surprise that, on Amelia Island, ghost tours are held year-round, not just in October. Here are a some “spooky” spots to see that are fun for everyone – and the ghost stories to go with them.
For history buffs, visit Fort Clinch (one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts in the country offering extensive bike paths and nearby, the largest sand dunes in Florida), take in the protected architecture of historic downtown, or visit the Amelia Museum of History.
FAC’s 2015-16 Legislative Conference will be held November 18-20 at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. If you plan to bring your family to conference, the Omni has plenty to keep them busy – beaches, pools, tennis, bicycle rentals, kids’ camp and nature center, shopping, and much more. Click here to view the weekly resort guide. We look forward to seeing you in Nassau County next month!