Florida's oldest operating Inn, located in the heart of Fernandina Beach's historic district, offers a unique experience and ideal location for visitors to Amelia Island. She serves as the matriarch of the historic district of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Florida House Inn offers 17 charming rooms, an English style pub, a parlor room, catering facilities, conference center, private breakfast room, seating for 75 in our dining room, large wrap around porches and a beautifully landscaped garden and courtyard. Along with our southern hospitality and amenities it makes for the perfect get-away choice. Located within 50 square block historic district. in walking distance of the harbor, shops and a wide variety of restaurants offering cuisine to please any palate.
Constructed in 1857 the Florida House Inn is considered the state's oldest surviving hotel. It was built by David Yulee and served as a boarding house for railroad workers. During the Civil War, the area was seized by the North and served as a boarding house for officers. After the war ended, the Florida House was bought by Major Leddy and his wife. In 1865 the Leddy family added on the dining room and additional living space. In 1882, Mrs. Joseph Higgins added onto the building, which now serves as an additional eight room guest house.
The Inn proudly displays the eight flags the city has been under along the front of the building. A famous cast of characters have stayed and enjoyed the Inn including Ulysses S. Grant and Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti. The Inn was a popular destination for northerners who flocked to the "Newport of the South" in the late 1800's. Mary Pickford, Henry Ford, as well as the Carnegies and their prestigious guests including the Rockerfellers, Goulds, and Morgans, would travel from Cumberland Island to enjoy the Inn's famed hospitality and celebrated Sunday suppers. In the old days it was said that the Carnegies stayed at the Florida House Inn, played at the Palace Saloon and prayed at St. Peter's Church.
Whatever may have brought you to Fernandina Beach we ask you to step back in time with us at the Florida House Inn.