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Top 10 Attractions and Hot Jobs on Amelia Island, The Isle of Eight Flags

Updated on June 1, 2012

A Rather Isolated Fort

The woodlands of Cumberland Island National Seashore on the Atlantic Coast of Georgia continue across a span of Atlantic water and into the northern part of Ferdinanda Beach. This woodlands and beach make up the first semblance of civilization on the Florida eastern coast. As the northern portion becomes forested, it is contained in Fort Clinch State Park near Amelia Island and Amelia City, both of which are communities nearby to the south. All these sits run along the Amelia River as well.

An entrance road to the park begins at Ocean Beach Blvd, proceeds north into the park, and travels to the oceanfront at the far end of the peninsula. North 14th Street also enters the park, nearer to the fort itself, originating near Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park. The state park has been named the Number 82nd Greatest Place to Stand in America by readers of StoodThere.com

Fort Clinch was built in the 19th Century circa 1847, before the American Civil War, but was also used during the Spanish American War. The fort was named for an American general in the two Seminole wars fought in Florida by the Native Americans against the USA. However, the fort saw only minor action, being captured by the Confederacy in 1861 and recaptured by the Union in 1862. The Seminole Nation never attacked it, to my knowledge. This area of Florida existed under eight different political flags ofter the local Native Americans moved to the background or out of the area around Fernandina Beach during the 18th-19th Centuries. This makes a total of eight occupations of the land, from 1562 (French) through 1862 (USA), exactly 300 years.

Today, the fort and park stand an approximately 260 acres of forest, sand beaches, grasses, and tidal marshes.

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Fort Clinch State Park, 2601 Atlantic Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034-2203, USA
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B markerFort Clinch Beach -
Fort Clinch - Atlantic Beach Campground, Fort Clinch Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, USA
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Fort Clinch Rd, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034, USA
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Fort Clincn on Amelia Island, used briefly in the American Civil War.
Fort Clincn on Amelia Island, used briefly in the American Civil War. | Source
Cannons at Fort Clinch
Cannons at Fort Clinch | Source

On many Saturdays and Sundays during tourist seasons, Fort Clinch re-enactors stage live dramas of the Civil War. Visitors can see any of a range of activities that can include black gunpowder artillery demos, marching drills, and Union soldiers and civilians working in the laundry, the infirmary, and the fort's kitchen. No two visits will be exactly alike! Especially fun to see is the Candlelight Drama on Saturday evenings during the First Weekend of every month except December. On some weekends, it is the Confederacy that you will see in uniform. The Spanish American War is visited on still other weekends at the fort.

December brings about the Holiday Union Soldiers Encampment, a lot of fun for families at the holiday season.

The state park offers many other activities besides those within the fort. These include camping, hiking, swimming, picnicking, fishing, biking, ranger programs, candlelight tours, and others.

American Oystercatchers
American Oystercatchers | Source

Fernandina Plaza

Old Town Fernandina is a small group of historic and new homes clustered at the waterfront to the west of Amelia Island. The state park at Fernandina Plaza actually contains at least 20 B&Bs for visitors to stay.

Timucuan Native Americans settled here long before the Spanish explored. An archaeological dig into their history uncovered many oyster shell mounds with artifacts underneath the top foot of decaying shells. Plenty of live oyster beds still operate at the waterfront here. Fishing, oystering, and paper milling were big industries for the white settlers as they stayed in the area. Oyster mounds (middens) can be found elsewhere in Flordia, along the migration rotues of the Indigenous Natives for several thousand years into the past.

Fort San Carlos was built by the Spanish in or near the Fernandina Plaza in 1815, but was taken over by the US and then abandoned in the early 1820s. The Beach at Fernandina is called the Beach of Restless Ghosts and several ghost tours of the area are available from local travel and tourism companies.

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Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach, FL, USA
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Amelia Island State Park

Fort Clinch is listed on Amelia Island, but the island has its own-named state park as well, one of 200 acres of land. Horses and turtles are the big attractions here. State-sponsored horse stables allow for horseback riding on the beaches here and visitors gather with rangers to watch the sea turtles hatch and crawl to the Atlantic Ocean to begin their lives. Other wildlife and native plants are observable as well, including endangered species. Looking at the map above, you can see additional nature preserves and wildlife protection areas.

Amelia Island is the last island in a chain of sea islands on the Atlantic Coast of America, extending from South Carlina to the northernmost part of Florida. The nearest large city is Jacksonville FL.

PIRATES ON THE ISLAND!

Pirates appear on Amelia Island during the first full weekend of May and the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, because they like food and fun. They also like to see who will be voted Miss Shrimp! The festival is held in the Old Fernandina District.

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Life and Work on Amelia Island

If you consider a move to Amelia Island or the surrounding locations, download a very useful and easy to use Relocation Guide.

You may be surprised that 15,000 jobs are listed as open in and around Amelia Island in August 2011. Further, many of these jobs are included in the industry sectors of Commercial and Investment Banking, Food Services and Catering, and Surety Insurance. The numbers of jobs listed on Amelia Island jumped by a huge percentage from 2010 - 2011.

Significant Job Increases 2001 - 2012

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Other job titles with substantial openings:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • .net Developers
  • Assistant Store Managers
  • Restaurant Managers
  • Customer Service Representatives and Cashiers
  • Financial Analysts
  • Salespeople

Top 10 High Demand Jobs

  1. Project Managers - IT
  2. Java Developers
  3. Mortgage Underwriters
  4. Business Analysts
  5. Store Managers
  6. Occupational Therapists
  7. Physical Therapists
  8. Underwriters - Insurance
  9. Senior Software Engineers
  10. Sales Representatives

Largest Hiring Employers

  1. JPMorgan Chase - Banking and Investment
  2. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida - Insurance
  3. Aerotek
  4. Citigroup - Financial Products
  5. Brookdale Senior Living - Retirement or assisted living and active seniors accomodated.
  6. Mayo Clinic
  7. Bank of America
  8. CSX
  9. Incepture
  10. BAE Systems - IT, electronics
  11. US Air Force
  12. Medtronic
  13. Technisource

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    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thqnk you for this lovely journey through the beautiful country and more than interesting history.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Congratulations on being a Best Hubbie. Very interesting information on the attractions and jobs.

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      Patty Inglish 6 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      Thanks very much for comments.

      akirchner - Thanks for the congratulations as well!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Great info, Patty and congrats on your spectacular award in the Best Hubbies of 2011~!!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information, Patty. You always open my eyes about what happened outside, even about jobs out there. Thanks for share with us.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      That's quite the fort. When I was a kid my parents always went to places like these on our camping trips.

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