Amelia Island

Trip Start Oct 04, 2007
Trip End Feb 03, 2008

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Flag of United States  , Florida
Thursday, October 25, 2007

The drive to Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island was short and relatively stress free.  We were amazed that the GPS took our request of the option "least use of freeways" literally, taking us along narrower roads and even on a car ferry that reminded us of the one to Raymond Island, though this ferry ride was over almost before it started.

As soon as we saw our chosen B&B for the night we decided that we'd rather stay 2 nights - it is a large weatherboard, 3 storied attractive building only a couple of hundred feet from the Atlantic Ocean.  We hadn't taken into account the College football game in nearby Jacksonville between Florida and Georgia - there are footy fans everywhere and we were only able to stay because of a late cancellation.  

It became even better when we discovered we could actually open the windows so we were lulled to sleep (and woken?) by the roll of the waves onto the beach.  The weather is now cool - we may even have to stop wearing shorts.  

After settling in we went downtown to the Amelia Island Museum, where we were the only ones on the 14:00 tour.  Once again the docent was most knowledgeable.  Amelia Island says it is the only place to have had 8 flags - and, if they followed St Augustine's counting, they could claim 9.  The first Europeans were the French who were wiped out by those peaceful Spanish from St Augustine, then the British, back to Spain (but the locals don't count this as another flag - even though it was as Spain had changed its flag between ownership one and two).  Spain didn't pay much attention to the Island so pirates stepped in and raised 3 different flags in 5 years.  Then the Confederates raised their flag at the start of the Civil War for a very short time as the Island was occupied mostly by the Yankees, and finally the Island came under the American flag when Florida joined the United States as the 27th state (or some similar number).  Early on in this history the local natives were wiped out by disease and not taking too kindly to being made slaves and some being expected to work in Indigo manufacturing.  The slaves who worked in this industry generally died within 5 years.

We skipped going out to dinner tonight.  The B&B has a Happy hour at 18:00.  So a group of us settled around a table in the lounge and got stuck into the substantial nibbles and various wines.  One of the group went out and bought a couple of pizzas which we shared - a very pleasant evening.
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