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Fernandina Beach in Florida.

Fernandina Beach is a city in Nassau County in the state of Florida in the United States of America and on Amelia Island. The area was first inhabited by the Timucuan Indian tribe. Known as the "Isle of 8 Flags", it had the following flags flown over it since 1562: France, Spain, Great Britain, Spain (again), the Patriots of Amelia Island, the Green Cross of Florida, Mexico, the Confederate States of America, and the United States. It is the only municipality in the United States that has flown eight different national flags.

Attractions

Amelia Island was chosen as the mystical land for the film “Pippi Longstocking” the 1988 Movie Site is today the red-haired Pippi’s home, Villa Villekulla, is a pink bed and breakfast inn named Posada San Carlos. The movie's plot summary is as follows; After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking is stranded with her horse, Alfonso,and her pet monkey, Mr. Neilson, and takes up residence in the old family home, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon, two children, Tommy and his sister Anika, venture into the house only to meet up with Pippi. The three soon become friends and get into various adventures together, including cleaning the floor with scrubbing shoes, dodging the "splunks", going down a waterfall in barrels, and helping Pippi with the problem of having to go to an orphanage. Written by Amelia Chanowith There is further information about the movie at the IMDb.com website.

Historic places

* Hoyt House, 804 Atlantic Avenue,
* Historic Nassau County Courthouse, 416 Centre Street
* United States Post Office, Custom House, and Courthouse (Fernandina, Florida, 1912), NE corner Centre and 4th streets
* Fort Clinch is a part of the Florida State Parks System. It is located on the northern end of Amelia Island. The fort was purchased by the state of Florida in 1935 and was opened to the public as one of Florida’s first state parks in 1938. Fort Clinch is named for General Duncan Lamont Clinch, a hero from the Second Seminole War. Construction on the fort began in 1847. Though construction on the fort was never completed it was used as a military post during The American Civil War, The Spanish-American War, and WWII. Today in addition to a glimpse at a part of America’s history the park offers visitors; several miles of beach, six miles of hiking trails, camping, fishing, a visitor center, and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean.

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