Monday, June 25, 2012

Seaport Gingerbread

One of my favorite activities when traveling out of town
is wandering through the historic district
and enjoying all of the lovely architecture.

  In this post we'll visit Amelia Island, Florida -- 
specifically the Fernandina Beach area
that is recognized on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fernandina Beach has a 50-block historic district.
While there are many interesting buildings 
currently used for shops and restaurants,
the focus of this stroll are the residential construction.

Descendants of the home's original builder
 still occupy this residence.
 The home was built in 1860
 and was constructed of hand-hewn timber and wooden pegs.
Note the pirate flag on the top railing.

Villa Las Palmas was built for lumberman,
Nathaniel B. Borden in 1910.  This home was a gift
for his new bride who was only 17-years old!

The Hirth House, built in 1886,
was designed by New York architect,
Robert Sands Schuyler. 
 Isn't the curved porch the perfect spot
to sit and sip your lemon-aide?

The Hinton Baker House, built in 1905, 
has unique arches at the peak of the roof. 
The red diamond and bar under the window
draw your eye upward.

Built during the period 1900-1902, 
this Queen Ann was owned by Dr. D. G. Humphreys.

The Baker House was purchased in 1860
by the first minister of First Presbyterian Church.
The home has remained in the Baker family except for the time it was occupied by Union Troops during the Civil War.

The Prescott House dates to 1876
and is known for its exquisite architectural detail.
The flag and red rockers near the entry way add a pop of color.

Captain Steve Chadwich owed a tugboat company
and a livery stable.  He built this home circa 1883.

The home known as Meddaugh House was a
one-story structure when built in 1850.  
About 25 years later, a second story was added.

The Hoyt House now operates as a bed and breakfast.
The home was built in 1905 by the man who organized
Fernandina's First National Bank in 1887.

The exterior of the Tabby House is constructed 
of crushed shells and poured cement.
It was built in 1885.

Although I don't know the history of this home,
 it has the most unique feature of all. 
Wooden carousel horses prance along the porch railing.

Can't you imagine the lifestyle in this beach community
during the early 1900?
Thanks for joining me for this trip
to an earlier, more romantic era.

Until next time, live and love well.

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Ivy and Elephants said...

What beautiful homes. Thanks for taking me along on the tour, I loved it!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

O MY!!
So many beautiful homes and all in my style!!

Thanks so much for sharing!!


TINA said...

What lovely homes! I am a sucker for older homes. Thank you for sharing.

Kathe said...

Oh my! I love the wrap around porches! And the one with the carousel houses made me swoon! thanks for sharing your tour with us at the party!! Have a terrific weekend friend ♥

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Debra! I love historic neighborhood as well! Thanks for sharing those gorgeous homes! I love the carousel horses on that porch!

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