Do you ever wonder what work behind the scenes goes into preserving a historic house? From surprises found during renovations to conserving historical items (books, tiles, etc.), there is never a dull day at The Fairbanks House. Read on to find out how we keep our historic house on Amelia Island in exquisite condition.
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Our Amelia Island Historic Inn: he Fairbanks House
Built in 1885 as a surprise for his wife, Major George R. Fairbanks House soon became the envy of Fernandina Beach. Constructed in the Italianate style, The Fairbanks House eventually became a bed and breakfast in the early 1900s.
Many of our guests come here because they appreciate the historic nature of our inn – while enjoying all the modern amenities. Owning a historic home often feels like babysitting a petulant child or an energetic puppy. Our innkeepers are more than happy to share more information about the history of our B&B if you ask them!
We are the protectors of a vision born in the 1800s. The architectural details of the house are interesting beyond words. The walls are thick, and the rooms are quiet. Our fireplaces feature tiles depicting both Shakespearean characters and Aesop’s Fables that George Fairbanks personally selected for his grandchildren. The library shelves were made from wood from the Fairbanks family’s orange groves. The hinges on the doors were made in 1885. We even have a tower!
We aim to preserve Major Fairbanks’ original vision for the property while also implementing updates that bring a new generation of Amelia Island visitors.
Why Renovations Tell Us More About Amelia Island History
We build things to last, but sometimes mother nature nudges us to make renovations. Being in Florida, we are subject to the occasional hurricane, and the high-speed winds and torrential rains can cause a variety of damages over the years. The Fernandina Beach Victorian Courthouse has recently undergone renovations resulting in the beautiful red Victorian courthouse we know and love today.
Things That Can Go Wrong During a Renovation
- Paint that refuses to come off
- Paint that refuses to stay on
- Caulk that should have never been used
- Old renovations that were ill-advised
- Changing building codes
- Existing building codes that discourage changes
- Lack of a straight line in the house
Stay in the Historic Downtown District
In addition to Amelia Island’s historic district, visitors can find some of the best restaurants and bars, shopping, and more historical sights to see! The Fairbanks House sits conveniently located in the historic Fernandina Beach district so that guests can walk to nearby attractions. We also provide beach cruiser bikes, umbrellas, towels, and coolers so that you can pack up for a leisurely ride to the beach, less than two miles away!
Our historic but modern suites set the scene for the perfect trip through history! For instance, The Kitchen Suite sits tucked away and features Victorian decor, a double jetted tub, a private entrance, and a king-sized bed.
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