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Amelia Islander

History and Fun on Wheels

Aug 09, 2013 06:53AM
[gallery]It’s fun to play tourist in your own town, and that’s just what I did this week, reserving a seat on Amelia Island’s Historic Trolley Tour. Sure, I’ve heard about the history of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach many times before, but each time I meet a new guide, I always learn some new facts I hadn’t heard of before.

The tours are held Monday through Saturday, at 11:30 a.m., and again at 2 p.m. each day, and you can meet the trolley at the corner of Front and Centre Streets. Our tour guide and trolley driver’s name is Don Anderson, and he’s got a twinkle in his eye – Don is a jester with some really great jokes – in fact, he and his wife work as hospital clowns at Shands in Jacksonville, under the names of Hambone and Lucy. That is a story in itself!

The tour is about one hour and fifteen minutes long, and worth every minute. Guests can sit back and take a relaxing step back in time along the beautiful and historic streets of Fernandina Beach and Old Town Fernandina. The tour begins in the Historic District to view the beautiful homes and Victorian buildings while Dan provided us with an interesting narrative of the local history.

After touring the Historic District, he drove us to the north end of the island to Old Town Fernandina, originally platted by the Spanish in 1811, pointing out the historical points of interest such as Plaza Fort San Carlos, the Pippi Longstocking House and Ladies Street, just to name a few. It was refreshing to be reminded of the rich history of our beautiful island, and also have a lot of fun!

Amelia Island Trolleys also offers group tours for any occasion, and Ghost Tours. For more information visit their web site at or call (904) 753-4486.