August 8th, 2013
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!
Since 1736 the site where Fort Clinch now stands has been occupied off and on by troops because it sits at the entrance to the St. Marys River and the Cumberland Sound.
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.
August 7th, 2013
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.
August 6th, 2013
For all you History buffs – something to explore on your next trip to Amelia Island!
Special thanks to Scott Moore for the info and photo!
The late 19th and early 20th century wood frame buildings of the Old Town Fernandina Historic District on the northern tip of Amelia Island belie the Spanish origins of the town. The northern end of the island has been occupied by Europeans since the 17th century. In 1696 the site was the location of a Spanish mission and fort, and the British occupied the island in the 18th century. Following the Revolution, Spain regained control of the area and by 1811 officially established the “Town of Fernandina” named in honor of King Ferdinand VII of Spain. Fernandina was the last town established by Spain in North America and was intended to stop U.S. territorial expansion. Fort San Carlos was constructed in 1816 to protect Spanish interests in Northern Florida. In the following years Fernandina was captured and recaptured by a succession of renegades and privateers. U.S. troops occupied the town until 1821 when Florida was ceded to the U. S. However, Fernandina failed to thrive. The construction of Fort Clinch in 1847 led to the abandonment of Fort San Carlos. In 1853 the town site was moved further south, due to the construction of a railroad line and subsequent tourism boom. The original town plan and regular street grid planned by the Spanish remain.
August 5th, 2013
Get ready to get your barbeque on! Less than a month till the Great Southern Tailgate Cook-Off.
Lots of music too! Lead singer of “Boston” will be there playing the oldie goldie’s as well! Staying at the Williams House for this event will be “more than a feeling…” Hehehe!
Check out the event schedule at ;
August 4th, 2013
Innkeepers are busier than Keebler Elves right now trying out new recipes for the 2013 Holiday Cookie Tour of Inns. This year’s Tour will be deliciously presented Saturday, November 23, from 12-5 pm. Visitors to this annual event will enjoy a festive kickoff to the holiday season by way of a self-paced tour of seven beautiful bed and breakfast inns, widely recognized as some of the most striking structures on Amelia Island. The interiors of these gorgeous buildings are usually reserved for overnight lodgers, but this is a chance for all with a ticket to experience the intricate details of these fine inns.
In a twist from other years, visitors will find two different types of holiday decorating for inspiration: Thanksgiving and Christmas. On tours past, all inns were decorated in fine Christmas fashion. Since the Tour is held on November 23rd, some inns will light a spark for decorating your Thanksgiving table the following week. Even if you’ve been on the Tour before, you’ll see some different looks this year. As always, it will be a treat just to see the striking details of these inns and the beautiful room decor that abounds.
In keeping with tradition, the Amelia Island Bed and Breakfast Association has partnered with a local not-for-profit organization and will donate a portion of the sale price of every ticket and cookbook sold for the Tour. Our partner for 2013 is theFriends of the Library group, and advocacy group who is currently tasked with fundraising for a new, improved and contemporary library for Fernandina Beach.
In addition to donations from standard ticket sales and cookbooks, 100% of the sales price of VIP Gift Packages will go directly to the Friends of the Library. These gift packages include a gift certificate for a future midweek stay at one of the seven participating inns and a copy of the Association’s $20 cookbook, Sunshine Mornings at the Inns of Amelia Island. As a “thank you” for purchasing the package, you will receive two tickets to the Tour. At only $150, these gift package represent considerable savings over regular room rates at our luxury inns, plus you’ll receive the cookbook and tickets! And did we mention that all of the money goes to the library? Each inn has donated five gift packages, so be sure to purchase one from your favorite inn soon.
Tickets and VIP Gift Packages may be purchased online beginning August 15th. They will be mailed out in October. Reserve yours now! Friendly innkeepers are awaiting your arrival.
Our Holiday Cookie du jour this year will be the “soon to be famous” Williams House Mississippi Mudslide! Mmmm, chocolate and other goodies in this delectable treat – need we say more than chocolate?
August 2nd, 2013
Woo Hoo! August Specials are finally here! Check it out and save big on a Amelia Island get-away this month!
Great Summer Getaway
Rates as low as $175.00 per night including 2 course gourmet breakfast, social hour with complimentary wine and appetizers, snacks and beverages, complimentary wi-fi, cable TV, beach chairs and much more.
July 27th, 2013
Time to start thinking about making reservations early for the upcoming Amelia Island Jazz Festival!
||The Amelia Island Jazz Festival provides a rich cultural offering to the Amelia Island area by exposing thousands of people to the sounds and vitality of great jazz – a uniquely American art form. The festival runs from October 6th to October 13th in various locations on Amelia Island. This year’s headliners are Royal Crown Revue and Mindi Abair! Schedule and tickets at www.ameliaislandjazzfestival.com
July 22nd, 2013
The Parker’s! They arrived by boat after a treacherous cruise and limping into the marina. Hope their trip home is worry free! So nice to meet both of you and Camille too!
Tony & Kelly Pollino spending some time on the porch swing after a weekend of “antiquing” for their new country porch and a day at Fort Clinch. Characters and full of fun and we can’t wait for their return visit!
The Kjeldsen’s! Jorgen and Vivian came all the way from Denmark to visit with us!
Our anniversary couple! Marion and Bill Thompson were married here at the William House 3 years ago. Stay tuned as tomorrow we are going to try and recreate one of their wedding photo’s and see if they are any worse for wear, hehehe!
Nice to see some motorcycles parked in front of the Inn! Kelly Whitaker and Barb Schubert on a run down to the Florida keyes took a break with us here on Amelia Island. We are glad to hear they made the trip safe and sound missing the tropical storm that was a’brewing! Hope to see you again!
Girls Gone Wild” (AKA the Forever 21 Girls) visited us this weekend!
July 22nd, 2013
We have a new look in our dining room! The much loved red wallpaper finally gave out it’s final gasp and was replaced with a light golden glow wash which we are all happy with and tickled that the original border blended in perfectly.
July 16th, 2013
Despite the heat the flowers and gardens are all going crazy and it is an explosion of color around here! So pretty with the birds and the bees and yes …
the lizards too!