The best holiday traditions involve cheerful family fun such as decorating an evergreen, juicing eggnog from hard-boiled eggs, and having the kids leave Santa Claus a tasty array of sugar packets. Start a new family tradition with today's Groupon: for $13, you get one ticket to the Amelia Island Museum of History Holiday Home Tour (day-of-event ticket valued at $30, advance ticket valued at $25). The tours will be held December 3–4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The tour showcases four private, nineteenth century homes in Fernandina Beach's historic district. Each distinctive Victorian home will be open to the public, allowing tour-goers to marvel at the coruscating Christmas décor and historic furnishings. Victorian carolers will bring good tidings by serenading guests with traditional holiday tunes and the national anthems of defunct countries. An optional Victorian tea will be held at the historic Queen Anne–style Bailey house, where museum presenters will portray the home's original owners throughout the tea ($15, not included in the cost of this Groupon).
- On December 3 to 4, locals and visitors to Amelia Island will have a rare opportunity to glimpse how life might have been in downtown Fernandina, before the pages of the calendar flipped over to 1900. Perhaps this is why after only three years, the Amelia Island Museum of History's Holiday Home Tour is already a highly-anticipated event. – Jan Davis, Amelia Islander
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 Meanwhile, local collector William Decker was studiously acquiring historical documents and artifacts from the area—a lot whose pieces numbered in the thousands.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.
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