76043 Sidney Place
Yulee, FL 32097
Phone: (904) 225-2600
Fax: (904) 225-1966
Those who love history or are simply interested in learning more about St Mary's past will find a wealth of information browsing the many gravestones of this cemetery. As one of Georgia's oldest towns and a national historic district, early settlers such as the French Acadians of Canada, French planters from Santo Domingo, notable townspeople and soldiers from many of America's wars, are buried here. A lovely landmark with old oak trees, iron fences and brick walls, there are three sections: the old white, old black and the "new" section. Quiet and peaceful, a stroll through the park-like cemetery reveals an important era of this sleepy little town. Designated parking area just outside the cemetery walls. Generally open sunrise to sunset daily. - Natasha Lawrence
Built in the late 1830s as the home of Reverend Horace S. Pratt to the First Presbyterian Church which is across the street. The size and style of the building was unprecedented in the area. The Greek Revival style home is two stories with a raised basement. Ownership changed several times since its construction, but luckily it survived the Civil War when it was occupied by the Union Army. In 1965 the property was purchased by the City of St. Marys and has since been preserved as a museum by the Orange Hall Foundation. Each of the rooms are furnished as it would have looked when it was first completed. Visitors can take self-guided tours. It is claimed to be the friendly ghost of 8-year-old Jane Pratt, who died of yellow fever, letting them know she is present. There is a small gift shop. USD3 donation is requested. Street parking is available. - Natasha Lawrence
Located in the main thoroughfare of this historic town, this is any visitor's first stop for information and brochures for accommodations, shopping, museums, restaurants, tours, calendar of events, activities and over 27 attractions. Don't forget the self-guided walking tour map. Several guided tours start and end here. One is the narrated tour of the city and another is the Green Elephant Ghost Tour. Staff can help with making hotel reservations as well as tickets for tours. It has a small gift shop where guide books, post cards and other souvenirs can be purchased.
The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary is non-profit organization dedicated to providing a safe and nurturing home to endangered species of large cats. Beside this, Catty Shack's aim is to educate the public about the difficulties these majestic creatures face, both in their natural habitats and in captivity. Once the cats are rescued, they become permanent residents at the sanctuary for the rest of their days. Public and school tours are offered, giving the public a great chance to learn more about these endangered felines — as well as a chance to feed them!
A small town located on the St Marys River just across the Florida border, it was first settled by the Spanish in the 16th century. In 1792 the town was officially established by legislature. St Marys was the site of the last battle of the War of 1812 when the British captured it, but lost it a month later. Today, visitors embark on the Cumberland Queen for a 45-minute boat ride to Cumberland Island National Seashore where the Carnegies of New York had a 59-room winter retreat, wild horses roam and nature lovers can spend a few days at Sea Camp. The town is home to the Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base and the Coast Guard. Accommodations and attractions include bed and breakfasts, hotels, the 1788 Oak Grove Cemetery, several museums, a marina, shops and restaurants. From the Visitor Center, tours of the city and a ghost tour are also recommended. - Natasha Lawrence
Located in the charming Historic Downtown District, the Nassau County Courthouse is a local landmark. Built in 1891, the structure features the characteristic Classical Revival popular in the 19th Century. The courthouse is the second oldest in the state and the beautiful building features several interesting characteristics like the classic Corinthian columns, impressive bell tower and a tall steeple that is visible from a distance.
Located in the Historic Downtown of Fernandina Beach, the First Presbyterian Church is a historic church. The sanctuary was built in 1858, and has a fascinating history as more than just a place of worship. During the Civil War it functioned as a school. The building itself is an iconic landmark and one of the more recognizable structures in the city, a classic example of the architectural style of the 19th Century.
A beautiful historic church, the foundation St. Michael's dates back to 1872. A visit to the church offers visitors a chance to appreciate a tranquil haven in Fernandina Beach and learn more about local history with a visit to the History Wall that chronicles the church's long past and landmark events. The stained glass windows are especially beautiful and worth noting.
Located across Atlantic Avenue, the St. Peters Episcopal Parish aims to maintain communal harmony and spread the message of Lord to one and all. Its original structure dates back to 1881 and is designed according to the Neo-Gothic style of architecture. The parish's sprawling campus features youth center, parish hall, spacious courtyard and each of these buildings are handicap-friendly. For more details, check website or call ahead.
Originally the old Plaza de la Constitucion, during the Spanish occupation, the Fernandina Plaza commemorates the history and location of the Old Fernandina town. The area incorporated in the Fernandina Plaza Historic State Park includes what used to be the Spanish Fort San Carlos and the Old Fernandina Town.
The Original Town of Fernandina Historic Site was built in 1811. The site was previously home to the Native Americans. However, today, the Plaza San Carlos which is a part of the site is open to public as a picnicking area. Nature enthusiasts also flock to this place to study the nature.
The Ervin's Rest popularly known as the Louis Dargan Ervin House is a historic home on the beach of Florida. This house is a three story beauty that overlooks the sea, in it's most serene blue color the house makes you feel relaxed. This homes is a best place to visit to move away from the chaotic life and take a break. The tranquil atmosphere is absolutely stunning and attracts many people for a stay at this home.