White lace and promises…
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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,
Regular Park admission applies. Fort admission is one canned food item per person, to be donated to the Barnabas Food Pantry.
For information call Ft. Clinch State Park 904-277-7274
The Williams House is beautifully decorated for Christmas and just waiting for those “oohs and ahhs”. Enjoy a wonderful B AND B experience as you stay with us the weekend of the tour.
- Your stay at the Williams House includes
- 2 nights (all the rooms are decorated for the holidays)
- Wine and hors d’oeuvres each evening from 5-6 pm
- 2 tickets for Saturday’s Bed & Breakfast tour of all 8 Amelia Island Inns
- Gourmet southern breakfast each morning
- All our fine Inn amenities too numerous to mention
Rates start at $205 up to $290 per night
IF booking online mention Cookie tour to receive you 2 tour tickets
The Williams family for whom the Inn is named owned this house for nearly 100 years. The parents and most of their nine children are buried at the Episcopal church cemetery, over on Alachua Street. Marcellus purchased the Williams house in 1859 from a Boston banker (name unknown) who built the house in 1856. The fret work or gingerbread surrounding the porches was designed by Robert Schuyler, a New York architect who help build several churches in the area. Emma and Marcellus are buried beside each other in the large central headstone.
The cemetery itself is beautiful with large overhanging live oaks and actually is on a hill, something unusual in florida. Perhaps they chose the high ground intentionally!
The Williams had nine children including Kate, Arthur, Emma, Herbert, Sallie, Fannie, Marcellus Jr., Edwin, and Farey. All are buried in this cemetery except Arthur (buried in Jacksonville), Edwin (buried in Georgia) and Farey, the last child for whom we have yet to find a record. Marcellus died the year Farey was born and and her mother, Emma, died four years later. She was listed in the Census records as living with her brother and sister at the Williams House.