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Image of Jacksonville Journal article: "Spanish Gold and Old Treasure Coins Unearthed in Fernandina" - Newspaper

Jacksonville Journal article: "Spanish Gold and Old Treasure Coins Unearthed in Fernandina" - Newspaper

Typewritten copy of 12/01/1928 Jacksonville Journal article detailing four-year-old Wilhelmina Schreck's discovery of a large number of old gold and silver coins in her family's backyard in Old Town.

Image of Fernandina, Amelia Island Florida 1857 - Map

Fernandina, Amelia Island Florida 1857 - Map

Maps shows north end of Amelia Island with land divided into lots. Streets are named as are many land marks including Old Town, Central, Park, Rail Road grounds, Tiger Island, et al. Width of streets: Centre Street 80 feet; All others 60 feet. Size of lots: West of 4th Street, 25 feet X 100; between 4th and 6th Streets, 50 feet X 100; between 6th and 11th Streets, 100 feet X 100; between 11th & 15th Streets, 172 feet X 230; east of 15th Street, 333 feet X 333. The map is colored by G T Liffert to show unsold, sold for taxes and taxes paid. THIS MAP IS HANGING IN DOWN STAIRS BEHIND THE GIFT SHOP.

Image of Letter from Marie Cone to Glyn Waas (07/21/1984) - Letter

Letter from Marie Cone to Glyn Waas (07/21/1984) - Letter

Six page letter from Miss Marie Cone to Glyn Waas dated July 21, 1984 and containing reminiscences of early Fernandina memories. She shares her recollections of her grandfather's (Dr. Waas) home. Many prominent citizens and homes are mentioned.

Image of Fernandina from 1811-1821 - Map

Fernandina from 1811-1821 - Map

Map of Old Town Fernandina from 1811 until 1821. Egans Creek borders on the North and Amelia River on the West. Fort San Carlos included.

Image of History of the halfshell.......Ft. San Carlos - Newspaper

History of the halfshell.......Ft. San Carlos - Newspaper

Newspaper clipping from News-Leader 04/02/1970. Written by Elaine Steere. Sketched by Mike Thweatt. Discusses history of Ft. San Carlos which was preceded by Fort Fernando (during first Spanish period). Also living in the area now known as the Plaza Lot in Old Town were Yamasee Indians (according to reports by Jonathan Dicknson in 1696). After construction of Fort Clinch, Ft. San Carlos used as Federal Customes house until coming of the railroad.

Image of Fernandina's restoration hopes given boost with donation of historic house - Newspaper

Fernandina's restoration hopes given boost with donation of historic house - Newspaper

Fernandina's restoration hopes given boost with donation of historic house. By Tom Hoey. Published in The Florida Times-Union on Sunday, February 23, 1964. Mrs. Jay Bartels, president of the Duncan Lamont Clinch Historical Society, announced that an anonymous donor had given the historic Capt. R. J. Downes house to the society for use as a museum.

Image of City of restless ghosts  - Newspaper

City of restless ghosts - Newspaper

City of restless ghosts: Priates, blockade runners and slavers once walked streets of Old Fernandina. Publsihed in The Florida Times-Union Sunday Magazine on May 17, 1959. General recounting of history of Old Fernandina. Photo of Old Pilot House at White and Estrada Streets and of a riverfront home. Recounts story of "...rivalry among unorganized pilots and each pilot raced his long, high-sided boat against the others in order to get out to the ship first, pilot it in and collect the fee. ......Capt. Jones Davis,..discovered some pranksters had filled his boat with rocks so he couldn't complete... Pilots organized before Civil War. Steel pilot tower 80 feet high erected in 1902 to rep

Image of Recollections - Manuscript

Recollections - Manuscript

Handwritten recollections (possibly by Nancy Seibert) a. The Jetties (from Monthly Bulletin, Port of Fernandina for month of March 1902) describes dredging and construction of jetties in 1900. Allowed vessels with 26' draft to enter channel. Firm of Christie, Lowe & Heyworth used. Also dredge from Bath ME. b. The Mansion Hotel--Broome St. Opened in 1871. 1883 saw complete renovation. 50 elegantly appoint sleeping apartments. Destroyed by fire many years ago and lot was vacant until 19--when Mr. John Ferreira purchased half of the land and built a home for his family. Another hotel was the Virginia House, Fernandina, Florida, October 1st, 1868, with John M. Payne, proprietor. c. J. W. Lath

Image of Historical Tour--Amelia Island - Manuscript

Historical Tour--Amelia Island - Manuscript

Historical tour of Amelia Island. Sponsored by Duncan L. Clinch Historical Society of Amelia Island. Bus tour. Stops: Amelia Island Light House Ft. Clinch State Park Site of Reads Mills Site of old Fort San Carlos Site of Pilot's Tower Ladies Street Bosque Bello Cemetery McClure's Hill Container Corporation of America Site of Father Divine's "First Heaven" Church of Good Shepherd Methodist Church First Presbyterian Church First Baptist Church Davis House (Lesesne) U. S. Post Office St. Michael's Catholic Church Site of Yulee home Palace Bar Waterfront Atlantic Avenue (Centre Street) buildings Site of Egmont Hotel No charge for tour but contributions appreciated.

Image of Notes from thesis of Helen Pink on Nassau County (Gainesville, Fla.) - Manuscript

Notes from thesis of Helen Pink on Nassau County (Gainesville, Fla.) - Manuscript

Notes for a history thesis tracing the history of Amelia Island.

Image of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
New York, April 19, 1862 - Newspaper

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper New York, April 19, 1862 - Newspaper

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper New York, April 19, 1862. Drawings of Yate's mammoth Clothing Store in Syracuse NY. War news from North Carolina and Florida (Old Spanish earthwork at Old Fernandina). pp.377-384.

Image of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper
New York, August 16, 1862 - Newspaper

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper New York, August 16, 1862 - Newspaper

Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper New York, August 16, 1862. Common sense to the rescue! The new avatar of treason. New Fernandina: National Troops marching through Second Street. pp.322-335.

Image of 1926 Sanborn map of Fernandina - Map

1926 Sanborn map of Fernandina - Map

Fernandina including Amelia Beach and Old Town Nassau County Florida Sanborn Map Company (New York) Feby 1926 Population 5400 Prevailing winds south east Water facilities Fire department Old Town Index to all streets.

Image of Map of Fernandina 1810 - Map

Map of Fernandina 1810 - Map

Negative of Dolheimer map titled Fernandina 1810.

Image of Deed of Conveyance from Domingo Acosta and John A. Cavedo, attornies in fact for the widow and heirs of Joseph Bergallo deceased to Clara Fontan. - Deed

Deed of Conveyance from Domingo Acosta and John A. Cavedo, attornies in fact for the widow and heirs of Joseph Bergallo deceased to Clara Fontan. - Deed

Deed of conveyance in State of Florida, County of Nassau. Domingo Acosta and John A. Cavedo, attornies of the widow and heirs of Joseph Bergallo deceased who reside in Kingdom of Spain Clara Fontan of the Town of Fernandina paid $150 to the widow and heirs of Bergallo for property in Fernandina which is described. 1. One half lot of ground with a frame house and kitchen fronting on White Street for 17 Spanish varas. Lot is also 17 varas on east and west and is bounded in the South by a lot formerly of John Llanza, deceased. On east, it is bounded by a lot formerly property of Jose Hernandez. On west, by Amelia Street. Lot is known as lot 11 of block 9. 2. A half lot adjoining the

Image of Letter to Domingo Acosta, Esq. - Letter

Letter to Domingo Acosta, Esq. - Letter

Letter from St. Augustine, dated 8 May, 1825 and addressed to Domingo Acosta, Esq. Concerning a plan for the town of Fernandina received on behalf of the Mayor and Council. The distribution of town lots is mentioned as well as the names of General MacGregor and the Board of Land Commissioners. The letter is signed by Geo. A. Clarke

Image of Fashion plates - Print, Photographic

Fashion plates - Print, Photographic

Two printed fashion plates found in Old Town. 1.1894 Magasin des demoiselles, 47 Rue Laffitte, Paris. Toilettes de Mme Manceau, rue des Mathurins, 47. Dated 25 Novembre 1894. 2. La Mode Illustree, Bureaux du Journal, 56 Rue Jacob Paris. Leroy impParis. Signed Anais Coudouze. Travestisements de Mme Breant-Castel, r. du 4 Septembre 19. Mode Illustree 1879 No. 4.

Image of An opinion which makes sense - Manuscript

An opinion which makes sense - Manuscript

An article written by George Davis about Marine Street in Old Town. George T. Davis was Master Pilot/Harbor Master, Retired from Port of Fernandina Beach. An 1857 map showing 1991 court changes to Old Town is included.

Image of History's a Daily Thing At Fernandina Beach - Newspaper

History's a Daily Thing At Fernandina Beach - Newspaper

An article published in The Miami Herald on Monday August 16, 1976: History's a Daily Thing At Fernandina Beach written by Al Burt and discussing the Litrico's involvement with Fernandina Beach. Burt discusses the history of Old Town where the Litricos live on Estrada Street. Biagio Litrico was born here; his father was a Sicilian fisherman. He is interested in improving the shrimping industry. Helen Litrico was born in North Carolina. She wrote a guidebook for developer Charles Fraser (Amelia Island Plantation) to promote Amelia Island. She became an activist in promoting the history of Fernandina Beach.

Image of Letter from Samuel Swann to Capt. Cassius Gillette regarding a harbor dredge and a court decision on marsh land around Old Town reserved to the government. - Letter

Letter from Samuel Swann to Capt. Cassius Gillette regarding a harbor dredge and a court decision on marsh land around Old Town reserved to the government. - Letter

"Old Town, Read Mill site" [Handwritten in blue pencil at top] Fernandina, Fla., Jany. 10th, 1903 Capt. Cassius E. Gillette Savannah, Ga. Dear Sir: -- Yours of the 8th and the Dredge Cumberland came in at the same time. You will see, from the Newspaper clippings that this valueable [sic] craft was welcomed by the Board of Trade and a large delegation of citizens. We here is rumored that Jacksonville is "laying for her"; that her Board of Trade has applied to Washington for the use of the dredge for 3 or 4 months, asserting that "Fernandina, having already as much water as her commerce requires, Jacksonville should now have the use of the dredge." I rather think,