Originally built as a boarding house by David Yulee in 1857, who was trying to build a railroad from Fernandina Beach to Cedar Key. The Civil War began and the railroad was not completed. The inn housed Union soldiers during the war and was purchased by Major Leddy.
After the Civil War, Fernandina became a thriving seaport town, and thousands of snowbirds vacationed there during the Golden Age. The inn attracted visitors such as the Vanderbilts, DuPonts and Carnegies and guests like Ulysses S. Grant, Jose Marti, Henry Ford, Laurel and Hardy and Mary Pickford.
The Florida House Inn is the oldest surviving hotel in Florida with 16 guest rooms, an English style pub, a parlor room, and large wrap-around porches.
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