Hurray! We made the silver level with trip advisor!
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Thanks to Scott Moore for this shot of the Bailey tree (one block down from us here at the Williams House) and the infamous story that goes along with it! Kate Bailey left her mark in the historic pirate town of Fernandina Beach, Florida with her elegant Victorian home. She also made a mark on the adjoining street. The ancient, majestic live oak tree that still stands in the middle of Ash Street is a testament to Kate’s will. When she learned the tree was scheduled to be cut down in order for Ash Street to be paved, legend has it that Kate sat on her porch with shotgun in hand and dared any city worker to cut down the tree.
Ahhh! Who’s up for a relaxing evening in the jacuzzi tub with some bubbly in our “Island Getaway” suite?
Thanks for the photo Marcus Berg of Unique Angles Photography!
The Getaway room has just been re-decorated and she is a beauty besides being comfy and gives off that “private, warm, soft, romantic bungalow” vibe! We love it and hope you will too!
On November 2, the University of Georgia Bulldogs and University of Florida Gators will once again go head-to-head at Jacksonville Everbank Field. And just 45 minutes from the field, Amelia Island Williams House has long been a popular home base for rival fans looking for a place to stay for the annual football match-up. We are offering a $25 discount on room rate per night, for guests who book two or more nights. Guests will also receive a full, two-course breakfast, complimentary snacks and beverages, and an evening social wine hour. Guests must call the Inn at 904-277-2328 to receive the discount.
Ghost of Amelia Getaway
If you’re into ghost and goblins-some say there are some haunted places on the Island. Our local ghost tour guide does a walking tour of the downtown Historic District with lots of stories and stops including the local grave yard. Our Ghost package is available during the month of October and includes:
- Stay 2 night stay in your choice of guest rooms
Enjoy fresh baked cookies in room on arrival
Feast on a delicious gourmet breakfast each morning
Complimentary wine and appetizers each evening
Receive Two tickets for the evening walking Ghost Tour of the historic district
Packages start at $375 weekdays and $410 weekends and are available during the month of October.
If booking online look under Specials & Packages then select Ghost tour.
Thanks to Scott Moore photography!
These photo’s are from Richard Flitz’s archive and a great treasure showing the original inhabitants (and our CURRENT ghosts!) of the Williams House
Richard and Chris were previous owners of the Inn and the two responsible for renovating the Inn and bringing her back to life with all of her grandness and luster!
Richard adds the following on the attached pictures:
Sallie one of our four resident ghosts. I REALLY did see her twice in the inn. This picture was taken by a guest who called us and said do not open the envelope until you call us we want to hear your reaction.
Please see the next picture and look and this picture and the little girl on the far left. Sallie died at the age of 9 in the home.
Little Sallie on the beach on Amelia Island in the late 1880′s with her brothers and sisters. The little boy on the right visited many of the guest at 3:15 in the morning. The two girls in the middle Emma and Fanny were present in the house most of the time and we could hear them talking and laughing,
Some of our more adventuresome guests like to take advantage of Kayak Amelia and try out the paddle boarding experience. On your next visit you might want to give it a whirl, eh?
Not to mention just plain ole’ KAYAKING too of course!
What to do in Fernandina on your next visit to the William’s House? A visit to Fort Clinch is a must!
Thanks to Ivor Stephen Jones for the photo!
Construction of a fort, later named Fort Clinch, was begun in 1847 after the end of the Second Seminole War. The actual compound is pentagonal in shape, with both inner and outer walls, and consists of almost five million bricks. There are corner bastions and embrasures in the outer walls and several structures in the interior courtyards, including a 2-story barracks. The fort was named in honor of General Duncan Lamont Clinch after his death in 1849. General Clinch fought in the War of 1812 and was an important figure in the First and Second Seminole Wars.
Confederate forces seized the fort in early 1861. It then provided a safe haven for Confederate blockade runners during the first year of the Civil War. However, rifled cannon had rendered its brick walls obsolete and in March 1862 General Robert E. Lee ordered its abandonment, preferring not to tie up scarce troops in its defense. Federal troops re-occupied it in early 1862. This gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts and the fort then served as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War.
The fort was placed on caretaker status in 1869 and remained so until 1898 when the Army again garrisoned it during the Spanish-American War. However, the Army abandoned it again in September of the same year.
The Civilian Conservation Corps began restoration during the 1930s, and in 1935, the State of Florida bought 256 acres that included the then-abandoned fort and the surrounding area. Fort Clinch State Park including the fort, opened to the public in 1938. The fort itself was closed to the public during World War II and used as a communications and security post, but re-opened after the war ended. The fort was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. State Park personnel reenact military life at the fort, which is open from 8:00am till sundown, year-round.
Thanks to Ronald Broome at Florida Native Photography for the capture of a little taste of Fernandina and it’s quaint nooks and crannies!
This is one cool little house in Fernandina Beach, FL. It’s still occupied and being well taken care of. It’s located across the street from the Episcopal Cemetery which, in my opinion, makes for a great bunch of neighbors.