Starr Sanford Design | Old Town Fernandina | Florida
The Original Town of Fernandina – also known as “Old Town” – is a historic site in Fernandina Beach, Florida, which is located on Amelia Island. It is roughly bound by North 14th Street, Bosque Bello Cemetery, and Tiger Point Marina. On January 29, 1990, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Prior to the arrival of Europeans on Amelia Island, the Old Town site was home to Native Americans. The French, English, and Spanish all maintained a presence on Amelia Island at various times during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, but the Spanish established Fernandina. Old Town has the unique distinction of being the last Spanish city platted in the Western Hemisphere in 1811. The plat is based on the 1573 Law of the Indies, a document utilized by the Spanish to organize new towns established during their explorations.