Considered the inaugural celebration of the Fernandina festive yuletide season, the Holiday Home Tour will showcase five vintage private homes decorated by professional florists and designers in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach. Free trolley service will transport guests to the featured homes while costumed carolers and characters from Fernandina’s colorful past return them to the Victorian era.Houses on the Tour:
28 South 7th Street:Known as “Bailey House”, this landmark home is one of the finest examples of Victorian Queen Anne architecture in Florida. Built in 1895 for steamship agent Effingham Bailey and his wife Kate, it was designed by George Barber, a popular architect of the time. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.
17 South 7th Street:Constructed c.1872 and known as “Lucy Cottage”, this was the residence of Lucy Thompson, sister to William Naylor Thompson, Florida senator and railroad man. Designed by architect John Hedges, this is one of three homes built adjacent to each other for Thompson family members and noteworthy for its decorative barge board and false dormers.
23 South 6th Street: This Florida vernacular-style house is the newest one ever featured on the Tour. Designed by renowned local architect John Cotner and built in 2012, it has a vintage soul. Reclaimed wood is used throughout in doors, floors, bookcases and a fireplace mantel. A former gallery owner, Susan Goldman has amassed a spectacular collection of Southeastern folk art that defines the ambience of this home.
30 North 6th Street: Built in 1891 for local dentist W. E. Snyder, who ran his practice from an office on the first floor, this house is noteworthy for its Queen Anne double doors and ornamented veranda. The downstairs windows are the original glass. This home served at one time as the manse for the First Presbyterian Church across the street.
217 North 3rd Street: This house, built c.1909, is noteworthy for the transom over the front entrance and ornate porch detail. Hardwood floors in the original home were milled in St. Augustine in 1909. In a stroke of good fortune, reclaimed floors from a New York City subway station used in an addition to the home and the kitchen also were milled in St. Augustine in that same year.
Tickets: Available the first week of October at the Amelia Island Museum of History 233 South 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach, at selected locations on Amelia Island, and online. (See the Tickets Tab.)
Prices: $25 before December 6; $30 on days of the tour. Group rates available for parties over 10. For more information, call the Museum at 904-261-7378 x100.
Parking available at the Museum or on the streets surrounding each home. Free trolley service provided to all venues.
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Breakfast With Brett
The perfect beginning to your Tour day. Join renowned Island decorator and restaurateur C. Brett Carter for delicious food, creative decorating and entertaining tips, fabulous door prizes, and a genuine good time. The fun begins at 9 a.m. both mornings at Brett’s Waterway Cafe on the harbor in the Historic District of Fernandina Beach.
Tickets: Available from the Amelia Island Museum of History and online.
(See the Tickets Tab.)