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Nassau County Historical Attractions

Known for its rich history, there are endless historical attractions to discover throughout Nassau County. These family-friendly attractions are suitable for all ages and are sure to capture everyone’s interest. From lighthouses to Pippy Longstocking’s house, there is much to see in Nassau County. Check out Nassau County’s must-see historical landmarks!

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Amelia Island Lighthouse

Amelia Island Lighthouse is one of Florida’s oldest landmarks. Built in 1838, this historical attraction is the oldest lighthouse in Florida. Schedule an hour-long tour of this captivating landmark through the Fernandina Beach Recreation Center.

American Beach Museum

This museum pays homage to the cultural revelation that is American Beach. Established in 1935, American Beach was one of the first African American resort communities created in defiance of segregation. The American Beach Museum is open daily and is an excellent way to learn more about African American culture and heritage in Amelia Island.

Fort Clinch

Fort Clinch is a 19th-century fortress located within Fort Clinch State Park. Built with approximately five million bricks, this fortress’ roots go back to the 1700s, when Florida was a Spanish territory. Fort Clinch even played a role in the Civil War, providing shelter to Union soldiers. Now recognized as a part of Fort Clinch State Park, this fort is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Amelia Island Museum of History

Situated inside the old Nassau County jail is the Amelia Island Museum of History. Preserving and protecting the rich history of Amelia Island, this is the first spoken history museum in Florida. This museum provides a variety of cultural exhibits and arranges a multitude of tours for historical landmarks in the area.

Nassau County Courthouse

The Nassau County Courthouse, otherwise referred to as the “Old Nassau County Courthouse”, can be found in the center of the Fernandina Beach Historic District. Built in 1891, this courthouse is a perfect example of historical architecture. With red bricks, cast-iron columns, a bell tower and steeple the Nassau County Courthouse is a must-see historical attraction.

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Historic Old Town Fernandina

Established in 1811, Old Town was once the original site of the city of Fernandina and the last Spanish city platted in the Western Hemisphere. This area is less crowded and has amazing waterfront views and homes dating to the mid-1800s. The historical Captain’s House was even the set for the 1980s film, Pippi Longstocking.

With so much growth coming to the area, Nassau County takes pride in providing a deep connection to its past and the natural wonders of the surrounding area. For those looking to call Nassau County home, there is a new single-family home community that’s surrounded by nature and perfectly located to all the best Nassau County has to offer. Spanning 1,550 acres, Tributary offers a distinctive collection of new homes from the $300’s built by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes. Tributary is located just 1.6 miles west of I-95 along A1A/SR 200 (the Amelia Island exit). Just 15 minutes to the south, you’ll find the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a major regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

At Tributary, our residents will Explore More with our private on-site amenities, including The Lookout lakefront resident clubhouse, a Fitness Studio, resort-inspired pool, pickleball courts, Adventure Zone Tot-Lot, Pawsome Park for our furry friends and more. You can check out the complete list of amenities here. Miles of scenic nature trails will provide direct access to the river and neighboring protected sanctuary of Four Creeks State Forest. Residents will also have direct access to Tributary Regional Park, which is under construction with baseball and multi-purpose fields, kayak launch, concessions, and multi-purpose trail.

The Model Home Village with six designer-decorated models is open to tour, so now is the perfect time to stop by for a visit. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to check out our Community’s Digital Brochure, which will give you an overview of the community and what is to come! To learn more information, visit TributaryLiving.com or contact Tributary at 904.299.6124.

GreenPointe Developers proudly announces a new active adult 55 and better community is coming to Tributary.

Lennar’s Lakeview at Tributary will be a gated community of single-family homes enhanced with an amenity-rich lifestyle designed for today’s active adult homebuyer. With 441 homesites, the neighborhood will feature approximately 10 floorplans offering 1,500 square feet to more than 3,000 square feet of living space.

“We are pleased to introduce Lennar’s active adult lifestyle concept to Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community,” said Mike Taylor, GreenPointe Developers Regional President. “Lennar is one of the nation’s leading builders of quality homes for all generations, and we are looking forward to working closely with them as they expand their offerings to include a 55 and better active lifestyle at Tributary.”

Reserved for the exclusive use of Lennar’s active adult residents and their guests, Lakeview’s amenities will be situated alongside a large central lake and span approximately three acres. The amenities at Lakeview are planned to include an approximately 8,000-square-foot clubhouse and fitness center, a resort-style pool with cabanas, pavilion, tennis courts, pickle ball courts and bocce ball lawn. Homeowners will also enjoy the miles of planned nature trails, bike paths and parks throughout Tributary.

Lennar’s stylish, low-maintenance homes feature open floorplans for comfortable, convenient living, with a strong focus on entertainment value. Lennar has reimagined the home-buying experience by including the most desirable new home features and finishes as part of Lennar’s Everything’s Included® program. At Lakeview, homebuyers enjoy features such as Quartz countertops, designer cabinets, wood tile inspired flooring, window blinds, paver driveways and patios, screened-in patios, home automation included and more. Lennar will announce home pricing and the opening of pre-sales soon.

Spanning 1,550 acres, Tributary’s prime location amongst the natural waterways, majestic evergreen forests and a full suite of exciting amenities, truly complement the community’s mantra of Explore More. Tributary’s neighborhoods will include family friendly pocket parks, while miles of scenic nature trails will provide quick access to the community’s amenities as well as The Landing kayak and canoe park, the neighboring protected sanctuary of Four Creeks State Forest and the new Tributary Regional Park, currently under construction. Tributary Regional Park plans include baseball and multi-purpose fields, trails and concessions. Tributary is within the Nassau County Public School District and zoned for A-rated schools that are among the best in Florida.

In addition to the active adult offering at Lakeview, the community of Tributary offers an impressive collection of home designs for all ages and model homes by Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes. Homes at Tributary are priced from the $300s.

Tributary is 1.6 miles west of Interstate-95 on State Road 200. The community’s location is two exits north of the Jacksonville International Airport and the River City Marketplace. The historic town of Fernandina and the beautiful beaches of Amelia Island are located east of Tributary on Scenic A1A/SR 200. Tributary is near dining, shopping, recreation, medical centers, services and more.

Job growth in North Florida and the Jacksonville area is on the rise, and many families are now searching for the best place to buy a home in the surrounding area. For young families, there are a variety of factors to consider when choosing a location to put down roots. New homebuyers should look for the best value for their investment and convenient access to the city center. Families, also need to consider the surrounding area schools, medical facilities, parks, and recreation to support their long-range plans.

In a suburb north of Jacksonville in Nassau County lies the family-oriented Tributary community recently opened by GreenPointe Developers. Tributary has been designed to be a quaint hometown for busy commuters and young families. Surrounded by nature and plenty of fun-filled amenities, this community is also an excellent choice for the young at heart. Check out the top 5 reasons why your family will love living in North Florida.

North Florida’s Highly Rated School District

The Nassau County School District is one of the best school districts in North Florida. With 16 accredited schools, this district has received A-ratings for the past several years. It is no wonder why young families are sending their children to school here. Not only is Tributary located within the Nassau County School District, but the community is also the future site of a brand-new school! The site of the new school will be only steps away for Tributary homeowners. Families will be able to play an active role in their children’s education due to the proximity of its location. This school will serve not just Tributary residents, but also the surrounding area.

The Great Outdoors

Home to beautiful beaches and parks, Nassau County is the perfect place for young families to learn about the lush landscape of North Florida. Between nearby springs, rivers, forests and marshes, children have the chance to experience nature up close and personal. At Tributary, nature trails connect all areas of the community. Families can even launch their own kayaks and canoes at The Landing at Boggy Creek, or just relax by the fire at the riverside park.

Endless Beach Days

For ocean-lovers, North Florida is home to many world-class beaches. Tributary is less than 30 minutes from Seaside Park on Amelia Island. Families enjoy spending the day relaxing on the warm sand and swimming in the crystal blue ocean. Explore the quaint surrounding beach towns of Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach. With over 30 beach access points alone on Amelia Island, it has never been easier to soak up the sunshine. The coastal paradise of North Florida makes it an ideal location to raise a family.

Best Place for Family-Friendly Amenities

Nassau County’s newest neighborhood, Tributary, is delivering an abundance of resort-style amenities that are sure to entertain everyone in the family. The highly anticipated amenity center, The Lookout, will include a resort-style pool complete with a children’s splash pad. Tributary’s aquatic amenities are sure to be a popular place for families to congregate on warm sunny days. Featuring large workout spaces and modern equipment, the state-of-the-art Fitness Studio will encourage residents to live a healthy and active lifestyle. Children will let their imagination run wild at the beautifully landscaped Adventure Zone. Not your typical playground, this area is a space designed for young families and children to come together and connect. Joining in on a national craze, Tributary will have a complex with two standard-sized lakeside pickleball courts. This game is great for young families looking for a new and fun activity. Soon to be complete with a fully fenced play area, obstacle course and seemingly endless grass, the Dog Park is a place for pups to play and socialize. Tributary will also be home to a regional park in Nassau County. Tributary Regional Park plans will include baseball and multi-purpose fields, picnic areas, playground, dog park and a trail that connects to the Tributary neighborhood.

North Florida Location

Ideally located, Nassau County boasts proximity to all the best attractions and the favorable tax environment in Florida. The short commute to Jacksonville allows business professionals to work in the city while simultaneously living with their families in a relaxed suburb. Tributary is also in an excellent location for young families looking to explore Florida. This community is less than a three-hour drive from popular attractions and cities. Excursions like Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Center are all family-friendly and can be enjoyed within a couple hours’ drive. Whether families are going to globally revered amusement parks or quaint little beach towns, Tributary is North Florida’s ideal address.

Spanning 1,220 acres, Tributary features beautiful new homes that capture the low-country spirit, complementing the surrounding nature throughout the community. With new homes starting from the $300’s, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes are bringing their unique style and designs that will create special and diverse residences. Tributary is located just 1.6 miles west of I-95 along A1A/SR 200 (the Amelia Island exit) and 15 minutes south of the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a major regional shopping, dining, and entertainment destination.

The Model Home Village with six designer-decorated models is open to tour, so now is the perfect time to stop by for a visit. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to check out our Community’s Digital Brochure, which will give you an overview of the community and what is to come! To learn more information, visit TributaryLiving.com or contact Tributary at 904.299.6124.

Finding ways to keep kids entertained in the summer can be challenging, but Tributary residents have a variety of family-friendly activities waiting for them right in their backyard. Located in Nassau County, this new community is the perfect place for families to settle down and create lifelong memories. Being only a short drive from Jacksonville means you’ll also have access to some of the most popular summer spots. Water parks, summer camps and natural Florida adventures are all waiting to be uncovered! Here is our list of the best activities for kids this summer.

Explore Nature

Located just west along SR 200 from Tributary is Four Creeks State Forest. For a serene afternoon, bring your canoe and fishing pole and see what you can catch as you float along the creek. Those looking to burn some energy can bike, walk or run along the forest’s many trails. While your there, be sure to keep an eye out for white-tailed deer, wild turkey, gopher tortoise and the numerous songbirds that inhabit the forest.

If you want an educational experience that is perfect for any age group, explore the over 12,000 acres of wild at White Oak Conservation in North Yulee. White Oak hosts an array of inspiring informational programs and presentations on Florida’s ecosystem, wildlife conservation and species refuge. Kids (and adults) can stimulate their interests through live demonstrations and events, close-up wild animal viewings, or even a sunset safari experience.

Looking to stay in the neighborhood? Tributary will soon have you covered with a comprehensive trail system and a direct river-access point for kayaking and canoeing Boggy Creek and Nassau River. Through community green spaces and pocket parks, residents will enjoy a life surrounded by the beautiful greenery where you can connect to the outdoors and Explore More.

Make a Splash

A short drive East on State Road 200 will bring you to Fernandina Beach City Pool. This is the perfect place to go for a refreshing swim with friends or family. Kids will love splashing around in the shallow water Kiddie Pool that features a waterslide and several waterfall fountains, and parents will love the American Red Cross certified lifeguards stationed at each pool.

For a more scenic trip, you can visit Amelia Island State Park, a 200-acre array of “Florida au natural,” featuring saltmarshes, maritime forests and shoreline that sinks miles into the horizon. Dip your toes into the saltwater, picnic in the sugar sand and enjoy the local Florida flora and fauna. Located just over 20 miles East of Tributary and off SR A1A, this State Park is a local treasure.

If a private, resort-style pool sounds like it’s more up your alley, Tributary will soon offer just that. Set to be located at the highly anticipated Amenity Center, the community pool will be the perfect place for families to gather on a hot summer day. Entertain the kids without even leaving the neighborhood!

Play All Day

Nothing is on par more than 18 unique holes of miniature golf for the whole family to take a swing at. Located 10 miles East of Yulee, Island Falls Adventure Golf is surrounded by waterfalls, tunnels and bridges to test your putt-putt game. This leisurely but competitive experience is sure to excite, no caddy necessary.

For a day full of free fun, Tributary Regional Park will soon offer baseball and multipurpose fields, picnic areas, a playground, a dog park and a boardwalk with a canoe or kayak launch. There will be no better place in Nassau County for kids to let loose and play.

Another place for the kids within the community, Tributary’s Adventure Zone playground, will be a guaranteed favorite for children and adults alike. This play space will be where kids can let their imaginations run wild while parents socialize with neighbors.

With all these unique and exciting activities to enjoy in Nassau County, Tributary is creating a place where many young families are looking to set roots. Spanning 1,550 acres, Tributary offers a distinctive collection of new homes from the $300’s built by the area’s premier home builders, Dream Finders Homes, Lennar and Richmond American Homes. The community is located just 1.6 miles west of I-95 along A1A/SR 200 (the Amelia Island exit), and just 15 minutes south, you’ll find the Jacksonville International Airport and River City Marketplace, a major regional shopping, dining and entertainment destination.

The Model Home Village with 6 designer-decorated models are open daily to tour, so now’s the perfect time to stop by for a visit and experience Tributary’s natural lifestyle. You can also connect with us on Facebook and Instagram and be sure to check out our Community’s Digital Brochure which will give you an overview of the community and what’s to come!

GreenPointe Developers, LLC, proudly announces three of its builder model homes were honored in the Northeast Florida Parade of Homes. Awards were presented to MasterCraft Builder Group for its Thomas Plus model and Drees Homes for its Palmetto model at TrailMark, a nature-first community in St. Johns County. Lennar was honored for its Tivoli model at Tributary, North Florida’s best new master-planned community in Nassau County.

“We are extremely proud of the premier homebuilders at TrailMark and Tributary, and thrilled these models have been honored by the Northeast Florida Builders Association,” said GreenPointe Communities Marketing Director Gaynelle James. “GreenPointe is esteemed for creating communities that offer a lifestyle and environment where people want to live. We appreciate the recognition and we hope it will encourage everyone to visit and learn more about our unique communities.”

The MasterCraft model at TrailMark highlights modern Florida Farmhouse chic design style, infusing a fresh coastal inspired vibe that is elegant without being fussy. This spacious family home’s soft color palette is complemented with comfortable furnishings and rustic accents. Pocket sliding doors open to an expansive covered lanai, dream pool and fire pit in the back yard. The Thomas Plus emphasizes the high standards of quality craftsmanship and choices offered by MasterCraft Builder Group.

The Palmetto at TrailMark by Drees Homes presents magnificent coastal style with open and spacious living areas including a large kitchen with views of the family room and expansive morning room. The luxurious owner’s suite is tucked away and includes an impressive owner’s suite bath. There is a flex room and additional bedrooms on the main level, and a versatile game room space and an additional bedroom and bath on the second level.

Lennar’s Tivoli model at Tributary showcases an open floor plan promoting an airy ambiance. The Tivoli is designed in soothing coastal shades of tapioca pearl, silver mist and taupe. With clean aesthetics evoking the serenity of the beach, the Tivoli model is from Lennar’s Imperial Collection featuring upgraded stainless appliances, quartz countertops and 42″ raised panel cabinets. The Tivoli is Wi-Fi certified, a feature Lennar offers with every home it builds at Tributary.

The Parade of Homes may be over, but these beautifully decorated model homes and many others are available for in-person tours or virtual tours by visiting the community websites.

GreenPointe is developing communities throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.GreenPointeLLC.com.