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Sunday, April 8, 2012

An Old Fort and A Very Old Lighthouse...


Fort Clinch ~ Amelia Ialand, Florida
Fort Clinch is a 19th century brick fortress begun in 1847 after the end of the Second Seminole War. It was named in honor of General Duncan Lamont Clinch, important figure in the First and Second Seminole Wars. The only battle to occur at Clinch was when Union troops recaptured the fort in 1862 after Confederate forces seized control the previous year. Fort Clinch served as the base of Union operations in the area throughout the Civil War. We had a great day exploring this fort and hearing the history from a civil war re-enactor. A great place to visit!


Sit back and enjoy our slide show of Fort Clinch

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The Amelia Island Lighthouse is considered the oldest structure on the island. First constructed in 1820 on Georgia's Cumberland Island, it was dismantled and moved in 1938 and reconstructed on Amelia Island. Construction was completed in 1839. In the early days, oil lamps along with reflectors provided the light, but the lights have been powered by electricity since 1933. The lighthouse still works today and can be seen up to 19 miles out to sea.The Amelia Island Lighthouse is operated by the U.S. Coast Guard, but because it is located in a residential area, it is not open to the public. The lighthouse is visible above the trees from Atlantic Avenue. We rode up a street near the lighthouse and to a dead end where the entrance to the Lighthouse was to get this photo. It can also be seen from the water & Fort Clinch State Park.

It was a fun filled day and I will be sharing more on what we did in the next post!


Have Fun, Travel Safe & Stay Healthy!!!

8 comments:

Karen and Al said...

We made a short visit to Fort Clinch State Park, but didn't have time to see much of it. One day soon we'll go back. Thanks for the tour.

Jerry and Suzy said...

Happy Easter, Donna and Ralph! Sorry we haven't been around with you much this season. We love lighthouses and old forts. When we get to Florida, we'll have to try to remember this one for a visit, or at least a looksee!

Sue and Doug said...

Happy Easter Donna!..great Lighthouse and Fort tour, as always!

Mike Goad said...

Cool video. We've only spent a little bit of time in Georgia, just for several day visit in the Atlanta area on a business trip. Our only other experience is, of course, changing plants at the airport. We'll have to take the time at some point to visit some other parts of the state. Have fun!

Happytrails said...

Thanks for the slideshow!! It has been forever since I've been to Amelia Island. I think a return visit is in our future!
Happy Easter to you guys!! Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Allen and Lolita DuGuay said...

Happy Easter to you both. Sure would like to visit the area someday. Enjoyed the pictures.

Elaine said...

happy easter Donna and Ralph...thanks for the great tour and slideshow :) see you soon...

Elaine said...

happy easter Donna and Ralph...thanks for the great tour and slideshow :) see you soon...

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