Amelia Island is unique in that it is the
only place in the U.S. to have been under
the domain of eight different flags: French,
Spanish, British, American Patriots, Green
Cross of Florida, Confederate, U.S. and the
Mexican Revolutionary Flag. Hearkening
part of that historic past, Fort Clinch brings
visitors back to 1864 as soldiers reenact life
during the Civil War.
“Fort Clinch State Park is a great histor-
Palm Coast and the Flagler
ical venue for potential meeting planners
to consider on Amelia Island,” said Amy La-
croix, director of marketing for the Amelia
Island CVB. “We often have groups looking
for something off-site when they have a
meeting at the Omni Amelia Island Plan-
tation or The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.
Not only do attendees get the beautiful
natural setting of the park with its live oak
tree-canopied roads, access to the beach
and the sunsets over the Amelia River,
events can be held within the fort itself for
a great historical setting.”
Groups can also host tented dinners
inside the fort walls and enjoy live reenac-
tors in authentic costumes who bring the
history of the fort to life, according to Lac-
roix. On the first weekend of every month,
the park holds a garrison of soldiers who
demonstrate skills such as carpentry,
blacksmithing and cannon firing.
Other Amelia Island options include ex-
ploring the historic Fernandina Beach area
and visiting the Amelia Island Museum of
Matthew Dunn, executive director of
Palm Coast and the Flagler Beaches, said
Princess Place Preserve is one of the most
unique venues in the area, located in a
picturesque spot along Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway.
Henry Cutting purchased the sprawling
1,500-acre preserve in 1886 and passed
it on to his widow Angela Mills Cutting
Worden. Worden later married exiled Russian Prince Boris Scherbatoff and assumed
the title of princess, inspiring what was
once named “Cherokee Grove” to become
known as “Princess Place.” Henry Cutting’s
original lodge still stands as Flagler County’s oldest intact structure.
“Anytime European royalty came to
Florida, Princess Place Preserve is where
they stopped first,” Dunn said. “The
property has all its original structures
and the home and horse stables were
recently restored. The county, which now
owns the property, is also restoring one
of the buildings to be used specifically for
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