Visiting a history museum is like journeying into the past, except without the unpleasant odors, unfair class distinctions, and manipulative satyrs. Today's Groupon brings the past to the present: for $9, you get admission to the Amelia Island Museum of History and a ticket to the Ghost Walking Tour (a $17 value).
The nonprofit Fernandina Beach museum, housed in an ancient brick jailhouse, chronicles Amelia Island's colorful history, from early Native American residents through colonial occupiers to the Civil War era and the present. More than 1,000 photographs cover the walls of the museum, and about 300 historical artifacts—from maps and booklets to ancient weaponry and rudimentary 17th-century Segways—provide a well-rounded view into old Florida. Permanent exhibits tell in-depth tales of cultures that have inhabited the island, and an outdoor garden, richly planted with historically relevant and native plants, lines the museum's exterior.
Your Groupon is also good for admission to the museum's Ghost Walking Tour. Tours meet at 6 p.m. every Friday in the cemetery behind St. Peter's Episcopal Church, and are led by ghoulish guides who illuminate the dark city streets with tales of bygone rapscallions and their haunting hijinks. Tours are subject to availability, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
- Our family took the tour and loved it. We loved the walking tour and seeing all of the beautiful homes in the historic district. We took our camera and got some really good images of paranormal activity. – Debmclaren72, TripAdvisor
- Our entire family took this tour during our family reunion at Fernandina Beach. We can't wait to come back next year. We really had a great time. The tour was very informational and we learned a lot of history that we didn't know. – nagu2death, TripAdvisor
Amelia Island Museum of History
The Amelia Island Museum of History is the fortuitous result of circumstance. In 1975, a committee from the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society gathered to found a history museum for Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island. Meanwhile, local collector William Decker was studiously acquiring historical documents and artifacts from the area—a lot whose pieces numbered in the thousands. When Decker died, the collection passed on to his son, a noted altruist, and just like that the Amelia Island Museum had its bones.
Today, the museum's exhibits examine local culture of the Timucua Native American tribe, Spanish and French explorers, pirates, and Victorian-era residents.
Museum guides are not restricted to the grounds, and often helm tours of the island's haunted locales, historic Centre Street, and Fernandina Beach's north end—with a focus on history from the mid-18th to 19th centuries.
233 S 3rd St.
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