Fort Clinch
Amelia Island, Florida

Photos/text: William Bozic, Houston, TX
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1. Main Page - Fort Clinch State Park Florida State Parks
2. Exploring Florida Fort Clinch Photograph Gallery
3. Florida Historic Places - Fort Clinch
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(3-2007) New Visitor Center under construction at Fort Clinch, Amelia Island, Florida

The current visitor center was built during the Great Depression by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)

 

(3-2007) Reconstructed Officer's Kitchens/Laundry at Fort Clinch

     

(3-2007)  " A facility like Fort Clinch, masonry and stone, contained a two wall system, brick and earth. Begun in 1847, Fort Clinch progressed slowly. By 1860, only two bastions and one third of the brick wall was completed. the ramparts were in place, the guardhouse and prison finished. The lumber sheds, storehouse, and kitchens were in various stages of completion. Not a single cannon had been placed in position"
 
Per the interpreter on site the lower bricks were made in Georgia. When Union troops took control of the unfinished fort, they imported bricks from the North to complete the walls and unfinished buildings. Due to being a deepwater area, the Federals made this a base for raids into the interior. In the 1930's the CCC brought additional bricks and recently the State of Florida has also brought bricks to make repairs so there is quite a collection of brick colors

  (3-2007)  From the brochure at Fort Clinch State Park
 
"In 1842 the United States government purchased a tract of land on the northern end of Amelia Island, at the Florida-Georgia border
 
A military instillation was to be built on the property to guard the mouth of the St. Mary's River, protect coastal and interior shipping, and defend the deepwater port of Fernandina, Florida
 
Construction began in 1847 on Fort Clinch, named in honor of General Duncan Lamont Clinch, a respected officer who fought bravely in the Second Seminole War"

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