Holiday Home Tour
The Amelia Island Museum of History will present their 12th Annual Holiday Home Tour Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 10 am until 4 pm each day. This year's tour includes five spectacular beach homes - all located on Fletcher Avenue on Amelia Island. Each home will be decorated for the holiday season by a local florist or designer. Newlyweds Tom Whittemore and Vicki Harnage Whittemore used architect John Dodd and builder Young America to transform their space at 1231 North Fletcher into a private beach-lovers getaway. Each has their own office that faces the sea oats, dunes, ocean and sunrise. Rooms in the back of the home overlook unspoiled Fort Clinch State Park. Visitors will enjoy viewing their unique collection of art - from family heirlooms to recent purchases at the Shrimp Festival. Several years ago, Tom and Emily Roberts generously shared their beach home at 1554 South Fletcher, "Dovey's Nest", for the Holiday Home Tour. This year, visitors will equally enjoy their guest house, "The Studio". Animals, birds and insects are a large and interesting part of the decor. Don't miss an early Florida scarf and paper dolls. Spectacular ocean views, unique lighting fixtures and the many uses of white will thrill visitors in this three story structure. Julian and Diana McKinnie completed nine months of renovation on their "happy beach home" at 1508 South Fletcher in 2017. The ceiling of the entry foyer sets the stage for unique beauty throughout this two-story home and its two-bedroom guest suite above the garage. The open kitchen is the primary stage for Diana's extensive collection of antique oyster plates. Enjoy the blues and greens of outdoors all around the inside including a huge vase of sea glass. Bruce and Janice Streeter lived down the road from the property at 2610 South Fletcher, and upon retirement, decided to build an energy-efficient, low-environmental impact home with reduced maintenance requirements while maximizing the ocean views. The home is basically made of styrofoam blocks filled with concrete that can withstand winds of 300 mph! Beyond technical ingenuity, visitors will enjoy memorabilia from around the world, including a Scottish painting of Aberdeen Harbor and a carved wooden bowl from Australia. Owners Brian and Carrie Hotzbarth built this home at 4015 South Fletcher Avenue for their young, growing family. From the fourth level, visitors will experience a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean. Pulling eyes away from the outdoor beauty, guests will admire their spacious kitchen with a white island and cupboards, a dining area with water-themed fun, family photography and a magnificent "bubble chandelier" above the long wooden dining table. It's so hard not to touch! Tickets for the tour will be available in October at the Amelia Island Museum of History, The Amelia Island Welcome Center ("The Depot"), Peterbrooke Chocolatier and The Plantation Shop. The advance price is $25 and purchasers are requested to use cash or checks made out to AIMH at each venue other than the museum. Day of tour tickets are $30 and will be available only at the museum. This is the museum's major fund raiser of the year and all proceeds will benefit The Amelia Island Museum of History at 233 S. Third Street. www.ameliamuseum.org.