You might not realize it when you drive onto Amelia Island, as its stately homes and quiet streets come into view, but this area used to be the busiest port in the Western Hemisphere thanks to a naturally deep harbor. Since it earned that distinction back in the days of pirates, smugglers and bootleggers, you can only imagine the sort of wheeling, dealing and shenanigans used to take place in what is now a pleasant place for a beach vacation.
Fortunately, the folks at the Amelia Island Museum of History know all about the area's sometimes sordid history. And you simply can't come to Amelia without learning why it's known as the Isle of Eight Flags... just ask docent Barbara. She tells the fascinating tale with great excitement - even non-history buffs will be enthralled!