I thought you might like to see a bit more of the place I’ve called home for the past 2 months: Fort Clinch State Park, which sits on the tip of Amelia Island, with the Atlantic ocean and the Amelia River as borders. From the fort you can look across to Georgia, that is how far north in Florida it is.
I have really enjoyed my time here as it peaceful and quiet during January and February and the temperatures are in the mid 60s for the most part, which was just lovely. Some mornings were on the chilly side, lower to mid 40s, but not crazy cold.
It is a beautiful place to be with the wildlife, canopy oak trees, almost a mile of beach, hiking trails, and historic fort. The park hosts songbirds, (lots of cardinals), armadillo, raccoon and deer.
Some history on the Fort: it was constructed from 1847 to 1867. It has served during three wars, the Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War II,although the fort never saw battle and was never fully completed. In 1926, Fort Clinch was sold by its owners to the State of Florida and was named a state park in 1935. It was renovated and repaired further by the Corps of Engineers in the later 1930s.
The first weekend of every month they do reenactments which is one of the best living history programs in the country, offering an interpretation of Fort Clinch as it was in 1864, when the federal army occupied the fort and Amelia Island.
There are 2 campgrounds here and the people that stay here are friendly and interesting to talk to and get to know. That is one thing I love about volunteering: the people you meet and the things you learn.
I really enjoyed my time here on Amelia Island, not only volunteering in the park but also getting to know the historic town of Fernandina Beach. It is a quant town with some fun shops and restaurants.
There is also a harbor in town, that adds to the charm.
I look forward to returning here in October and November to explore more and enjoy the peace and serenity!
We depart here on February 28 and are heading up to Red Bay, Alabama to have some maintenance and improvements done on the motor home. I look forward to sharing before and after pictures as the work is done and also more about that area of the country!