Built in 1847, at the mouth of the St. Mary’s River, Ft. Clinch protected coastal and interior shipping along the river and in the deep water Fernandina seaport. Although no battles were fought at the Fort, it was a military outpost during both the Civil War and Spanish American War. It became obsolete, was abandoned and fell into disrepair. Thankfully it was restored in the 1930s.

You’ll be delighted with the spectacular view of both the St. Mary’s River and Cumberland Sound while climbing over the massive “pentagon-shaped” fort, centered by a large courtyard with huge cannons above. Once you’ve walked through the neat draw-bridge entrance, you’ll explore the period-appointed bunk rooms, officer quarters, garrison, store, bakery, kitchen, laundry, blacksmith shop and prison.

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