415 Centre Street – Jennifer Whitmire home – Lesesne House
The Lesesne House built circa 1860 may be the oldest inhabited home on Amelia Island and is a treasure to the community. With an historical marker in front many admire this Greek Revival home on a daily basis. Made of hand-hewn lumber and wooden pegs in place of nails this home withstood the hurricane of 1898. Built for Dr. John Lesesne who is thought to have died of yellow fever during the Civil War, it became the property of Judge John Friend in 1868. Since then it has passed through the maternal line of that family. Today’s owner, Jennifer Whitmire, has recently overseen an extensive renovation. Original hand rails and newel posts are still used and many antiques, paintings, photos and memorabilia are on display throughout.
30 South Third Street – Bob and Loretta Erickson home
Bob and Loretta Erickson are the owners of this 2 story frame home right next to the Florida House Inn. The home was built in 1895 and was known for many years as the JJ Kelly home. Major exterior and interior repairs and renovations were undertaken in 2014. Today this welcoming home on a corner lot offers an extensive veranda with white rockers and a swing to accent the yellow and blue of the home. A white rail fence sets it apart from the front sidewalk. A huge shade tree compliments the exterior. Unique furnishings and collectibles from the homeowners’ time spent in India adorn the interior.
124 South Fifth Street – James and Jenny Schaffer home
James and Jenny Schaffer have transformed their property just a block from restaurants and shops into a charming 2 story home. Built pre-1926 this private residence was described as a 20th century American frame vernacular with porch, veranda and gable roof. After significant indoor renovations this delightfully landscaped residence shows off citrus trees, palms, hanging ferns as well as above ground gardens to give it a homey feel. A white picket fence and blue shutters are finishing touches.
604 Ash Street – Drusie Davis Home
This magnificent home was built in 1891 as a private residence, but its history before being purchased by Drusie and Jim Davis in 2008 could fill a book. It formerly served Fernandina Beach as “Christmas House”, “Rudolph’s” and “Ember’s at the Addison” restaurants. An old photo suggests it also housed “Carnie’s Ceramics and Gifts” at one point. Today this 2 story residence has a striking double door entrance topped with clear glass transom windows. These are centered on the lower of two wrap around porches. The interior is decorated and furnished in a 1950’s style.
120 North Third Street – Marty Engle & Reid Herlihy home
This cheerful 2 story brick home is owned by Marty Engle and Reid Herlihy. Early descriptions of this home describe it as a square, two story running red brick “folk house” with a gable roof built in 1884. Early photos show a broken chain link fence and sparse greenery. Today this home stands next to a beautifully landscaped side yard with palms, tropical plants and a bird bath. The front yard boasts a white picket fence, a gorgeous magnolia, several sago palms and driftwood as well as a brick drive and shell walkway.