History of Amelia Island
Learn the colorful history behind the “Isle of Eight Flags”
Named after Princess Amelia, daughter of England’s King George II, and known as the “Isle of Eight Flags,” Amelia Island is the only territory in the United States to have been ruled under eight flags of sovereignty. Once a haven for pirates, rumrunners, nobles and confederates, the picturesque community of Fernandina Beach features an eclectic and charming 50-block area of homes, buildings, galleries, antique shops and quaint eateries on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, Fernandina Beach has emerged as one of the most productive shrimping and fishing centers in the South.