Legendary Locals of Amelia Island

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Amelia Island has been host to remarkable people throughout its 500-year history. These people are responsible for giving Amelia the distinction as the only place in the United States to have seen eight different flags. A new railroad followed the Civil War and brought those who sought to take advantage of the burgeoning shipping center. As opportunities waned, the island became a sleepy, blue collar community supported by the local paper mills. Prior to civil rights legislation desegregating the South, Fernandina's American Beach flourished as an African American coastal community. Meanwhile, local visionaries oversaw tight-knit communities and set the stage for the large resorts that came to the island's south end in the 1970s. Today, Amelia Island is a national tourist destination and home to a diverse of community of longtime residents and newcomers, both with remarkable talents and interesting stories to tell.
ISBN: 9781467126274
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Legendary Locals
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Rob Hicks is a lifelong local resident and historian. He has written multiple books about Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach and has completed a feature-length documentary about the history of the area. He has worked with the Florida State Archives, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and local families and residents to provide these images.
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