Homes

120 N. 6th Street

Dawn Tiura and Steve Gustafson are the current owners of this c.1876
residence built by Josiah Prescott, a pioneer shoe dealer. Prescott served
as a second lieutenant during the occupation of Fernandina during the Civil
War and later owned Boot and Shoe Store in the building that became the
Palace Saloon in 1903. Originally the home consisted of two rooms on the
first floor and two rooms on the second floor connected by a side hallway
and stairway. After many additions this elegant and spacious home delights
the eyes with gingerbread spindle work, ornamented veranda, bay windows
and fine Chinese Chippendale balustrade.

Holiday Decor by Susan Dowling of Susan Dowling Interior Design

19 South 6th Street

Dr. Hal London is the fifth owner of this c.1900 two story frame residence
with tiered porches, a centrally located chimney and Queen Anne
influences. Dr. London purchased and remodeled the home in 2013 to
serve as his personal residence as well as his private medical practice.
There are two patient rooms with crystal chandeliers, a waiting room and
separate entrance for his clients. The trio of windows in the front gable are
a nineteenth century adaptation of eighteenth century Palladian windows.
The interior features heart pine floors, stained glass windows and unique
decorative touches designed by the owner.

Holiday decor by Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist

221 N. 3rd Street

Lisa and Mark Ballew are the owners of this c.1903 2 1/2 story Victorian
home originally built for Walter Courter, a local hardware store owner, and
his bride, Mildred Downs, the daughter of a river pilot from Old Town. The
wrap around front porch caught Lisa’s eye and is now “the ultimate
Southern porch” with a rope swing and wicker seating arrangements.
Fascinating antiques as well as Gone with the Wind memorabilia from
Lisa’s family fill the interior. The 2017 Holiday Home Tour Collectible
Ornament will feature this lovely home. The price is $20 and is available at
the museum and at this home during the tour.

Holiday decor by Brooke Raulerson of Artistic Florist

214 South 7th Street

This historic home was built in 1889 by Samuel A. Swann for $10,000 as
the residence of his son, Donovan Swann, a talented artist. In 1907 it was
sold to D.A. Kelly for $3,500. He and his brother owned and ran a
prosperous ship’s chandlery at Centre and 2nd. Mr. Kelly, his wife, “Miss
Dora”, and their sons, Dan and Redmond lived there for many years. Today
Nancy Rossiter owns this outstanding example of Queen Anne architecture
with a wide variety of windows, shingle designs and elaborate trim. A series
of stained glass windows may be seen from the outside marking the
stairway to the second floor.

Holiday decor by Ken Prescott of Dottie “B”

126 S. 4th Street

Maurie Dugger’s c.1891 home was one of many shotgun houses in the
historic district near the turn of the century. These were built for railroad
employees who worked in Fernandina. Originally it had three small rooms –
a kitchen, living room and bedroom. Previous owners made a number of
changes including enlarging the kitchen and living areas and adding a
separate guest house. Today this lovely bungalow has a bright sunlit home
office and guest suite upstairs, a covered, screened sunporch and a
picturesque white picket fence around the front yard.

Holiday decor by Shirley Page of Harris Teeter Flowery Gallery

506 Cedar Street

Melody Austin and Art Adams have kindly offered to open their historic
home. This 2 story wood framed vernacular residence has cross gables
and a hip roof. Records show that an Edward F. Langley purchased the lot
in 1888 for $250. Discrepancies exist over the time of the home’s
construction. Early maps show no dwelling on the lot until 1903 although
Webb’s City Directory of 1901 indicates that three men were then living at
this address – the owner of a smithing business on Front Street, a machinist
and a section boss. It is believed that this blacksmith, Walter Godfrey, along
with his wife, Lizzie, raised their six children here.

Holiday decor by Amber Marvin of Island Flower and Garden

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