Fernandina Beach: A Stroll Down Historic Centre Street

September 23, 2014 2 comments Open printer friendly version of this article Print Article

Northeast Florida is home to several pedestrian scale districts. Some of the region's largest are located outside of the City of Jacksonville. Today, Metro Jacksonville takes a stroll down Fernandina Beach's historic Centre Street.


The Lesesne House was constructed by Dr. John F. Lesesne in 1860.






Tasty's Fresh Burgers and Fries is located in a converted Gulf gas station at the intersection of 8th and Centre Streets.


Hoyt House Inn is a Bed & Breakfast in the former home of Frederick Willis Hoyt. Hoyt, who organized the city's First National Bank in 1887, built the house in 1905.


known as "The Jewel of Centre Street", St. Peter's Episcopal Church was constructed between 1881 and 1884.


Fernandina Beach's preserved historic downtown core and urban waterfront has developed into an attraction for tourists. As the First Coast searches for multimodal options to better connect its cities with one another, this popular pedestrian friendly destination could be the perfect northern terminus for a local commuter rail system. To visit Historic Fernandina Beach, the city can be reached from Jacksonville by heading north on I-95 and east on SR A1A in Nassau County.

Article by and photographs by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com

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