fernandina beach historic district

Fernandina Beach Historic District

The Fernandina Beach Historic District is one of the most charming towns you will have ever the privilege to visit.

The Fernandina Beach Historic District was first included on the National Register back on July 20, 1973. When it was first listed the District covered about 1,500 acres of land but has since been expanded by an additional 970 acres as of April 20, 1987, giving the Fernandina Beach Historic District a total of 2,470 total acres of land.

fernandina beach historic district

Photos courtesy of Pam Bell Photography

Let’s step even further back in time, to when David Levy Yulee, one of the first US senators from the state of Florida first established a cross-state railroad, which was the first of its kind. The railroad ran from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key and officially opened March 1, 1861. This new railroad line actually shifted the entire town of Fernandina Beach to the location it sits at today.

A few of the most popular historic buildings in the Historic District include the Nassau County Courthouse, Post Office, Train Depot, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the Waas House just to name a few. The City of Fernandina Beach recognized how important this Historic District was to Fernandina’s heritage thus passing the historic preservation ordinance in 1975. This ordinance protects the district by establishing local boundaries.

fernandina beach historic district

Photo courtesy of Pam Bell Photography

One of the favorite aspects of this district is the sheer beauty of the buildings that are located here. When you walk down the street you feel as though you are taking a step back in time, the tall Victorian style buildings with amazing architectural details are not only eye catching but completely stunning as well. Majority of the building here in Fernandina Beach Historic District reflect a late 19th and early 20th century style of development. There are over 400 well preserved historic structures here so you will have plenty to gaze upon. One of the most amazing buildings here isn’t a building at all, it is the old lighthouse. This lighthouse has held the title as the “oldest existing lighthouse” in the state and surprisingly it still is operational!

Fernandina Beach Historic District

When you come to visit Fernandina Beach Historic District you must stop by the Amelia Island Museum of History which is located directly adjacent to the District. Also, consider taking time to visit Fort Clinch, one of the most well-preserved 19th century forts located in America.

Come and see the old town feel and allure, and take a step back in time as you stroll down the roads and sidewalks at the Fernandina Beach Historic District. You can also choose to take an Amelia Island horse and carriage ride through the beautiful town for a truly romantic and classic feel. Florida Adventure Sports offers the best view possible, flying right over the Fernandina Beach Historic District with a perfect birds-eye view. Between the shops, restaurants, bed and breakfasts, residences and museums, there really is no shortage of things to do while taking a step back in time while visiting this stunning town.

Photos courtesy of Pam Bell Photography and Jensen Bell Photography.