We made it to the top (north) of Florida, specifically the Fernandina Beach/Amelia Island area.
This is my destination of choice more often than not ~ I get to visit family here!! Plus I lived here for about a year and a half.
I like it because it doesn’t feel as “touristy” as other places we’ve visited on these photowalks ~ although it does have its tourist spots… like Ft. Clinch.
per usual, History first:
The site of Fort Clinch on Amelia Island at the entrance to the St. Marys River and Cumberland Sound has been occupied by various military troops since 1736. Construction of the existing fort was begun in 1847 as part of the Third American System building program. A pentagonal brick fort with both inner and outer walls, Fort Clinch was a safe haven for blockade runners during the Civil War. Briefly occupied by Confederate forces, its recapture by Federal troops in early 1862 gave the Union control of the adjacent Georgia and Florida coasts. The fort was used in 1898 during the Spanish-American War, but was abandoned until the Civil Conservation Corps (CCC) restored it in the 1930s. Now a Florida State Park, Fort Clinch is interpreted as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War.
If you go at the right time, you can catch Civil War era living history programs and reenactments, which are kinda cool, too. Regardless of when you go, take water to drink (but don’t litter, they have a jail there, they may just put you in it for that!)
Since it’s inside a state park, by the Atlantic, there are a lot of other things to do too… which will be photos for another day’s photowalk!
Enjoy the rest of your day!