Historic Apalachicola

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Center for History, Culture, and Art Center for History, Culture, and Art Pet Friendly

86 Water Street, Apalachicola
Center for History, Culture, and Art
Originally built as the Harrison-Raney Cotton Exchange in 1836, this brick and granite building was one of several dozen cotton warehouses that once lined the riverfront in downtown Apalachicola, where steamboats brought cotton bales from antebellum Georgia and Alabama to the third largest port on the Gulf Coast. One of only two surviving cotton warehouses from that era, a local resident recognized its cultural and historic significance and restored the structure in the late 1990s. With funding from the Florida Communities Trust, the City of Apalachicola acquired the building in 2005. The structure now houses the City’s School of Art as well as the Historic Apalachicola Main Street program. Today, the Center is an iconic venue in Apalachicola’s historic downtown district. The gallery space presents the work of local, regional and nationally recognized artists to both locals and tourists. The beautifully restored historic space also serves as a venue for functions such as the City’s School of Art Program, meetings, receptions, lectures, and the national recognized Forgotten Coast Plein Art event. Open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m.
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Historic Holy Family Center

203 Dr. Frederick Humphries Street, Apalachicola
This building is the site of a former Catholic church and school now renovated into a multifaceted senior center and cultural hub. The Holy Family Center was an integral part of the Hillside community dating back to 1920. 850-653-1526
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John Gorrie Museum State Park John Gorrie Museum State Park

46 6th Street, Apalachicola
John Gorrie Museum State Park
Concern for his yellow fever patients motivated 19th century physician Dr. John Gorrie to invent a method for cooling their rooms. He became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a machine that made ice, and received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. A replica of his ice-making machine is on display at the museum, as well as exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola, which played an important role in Florida's economic development. Corner of 6th St. and Avenue D. 850-653-9347
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Three Soldiers Detail and Veterans Memoral Plaza Three Soldiers Detail and Veterans Memoral Plaza Pet Friendly

230 Market St., Apalachicola
Three Soldiers Detail and Veterans Memoral Plaza
The Three Soldiers, Detail statue was unveiled and dedicated July 12, 2008 as an unending expression of gratitude to the living, fallen, and missing veterans of the Vietnam War and all of our nation's wars. It is a replica of a portion of the Three Servicemen Statue that is part of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in Washington D.C. Along with The Wall, this monument serves as a symbol of our nation's honor and recognition of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. This one-of-kind detail of the original bronze sculpture by Fredrick Hart depicts a realistic image of servicemen. The Three Soldiers, Detail bronze sculpture, made from part of the original molds, is set on a black granite pedestal and is the centerpiece of Apalachicola's Veterans Memorial Plaza. The site adjoins the Orman House State Park and Chapman Botanical Garden.
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Chestnut Cemetery

Avenue E between 6th and 8th Street., Apalachicola
This is a cemetery of historical significance in the Gulf Coast area. The funerary art reflects the religious beliefs and burial traditions of the town’s early settlers.
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Apalachicola Maritime Museum Apalachicola Maritime Museum Pet Friendly

103 Water Street, Apalachicola
Apalachicola Maritime Museum
The museum was founded to preserve, celebrate and promote the maritime, heritage of Apalachicola in a hands-on learning environement with active sailing, boat building, restoration and educational displays. Collectively, the activities of the AMM will provide a glimpse into the rich and diverse history of the three rivres that come together to form the largest river in Florida and fifth largest in North America, the Apalachicola River.
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River Ramble Trail River Ramble Trail Pet Friendly

River Ramble Trail
While you’re in the City of Apalachicola sampling the fresh local seafood, make time to stroll this marvelous shaded little trail which is steeped in history, not to mention floral and faunal treasures. The River Ramble and Boardwalk was established by the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (whose headquarters relocated to a larger facility in Eastpoint); this 0.5-mile (one way) trail is now owned by the city and maintained by dedicated volunteers. The path leads to a sizeable elevated platform with an incredible panoramic vista. A large telescope mounted on the deck is available for your viewing pleasure. The trail starts out as a crushed shell path that follows part of an old railroad bed through lush hardwood/palm hammock. As the elevation drops and the forest transitions into a swamp, follow the wheelchair-friendly boardwalk northwest, taking your time to look for Gulf Coast Box Turtle and to listen for the calls of Great Horned Owl and migratory songbirds along the way. The topography and habitats change continually, and you will encounter small patches of pines and scrub and finally hardwood hammock again, before the boardwalk emerges from the forest onto the vast tidal marshes of Scipio Creek and the Apalachicola River. Part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail. Excellent for birders or those just wanting an easily accessible escape into nature. Follow Market St. until it dead-ends at the Scipio Creek Boat Basin and the St. Vincent NWR headquarters. Turn left on 7thSt. and proceed uphill 0.1 mi. to the parking area and trailhead on the right. Open all year, sunrise to sunset.
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Orman House State Park Orman House State Park

177 5th Street, Apalachicola
Orman House State Park
Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, this antebellum home overlooks the Apalachicola River, and was used for both business and social gatherings. Orman was a cotton merchant and businessman in Apalachicola from 1834 to the 1880s. He helped the tiny town become one of the Gulf Coast’s most important cotton exporting ports during the mid-19th century. The house features details of both Federal and Greek revival styles with wooden mantelpieces, molded plaster cornices and wide heart-pine floorboards. Visit the adjoining Chapman Botanical Garden, which honors Dr. Alvin Chapman. Enjoy the butterfly garden, other botanical features, walkways and open spaces. Also enjoy the Three Soldiers Detail, a bronze replica of the Vietnam memorial statue in Washington, D.C
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Dixie Theatre Dixie Theatre

21 Avenue E, Apalachicola
Built in 1912, the historic Dixie Theatre features live theater and musical events. 850-653-3200 dixietheatre.com
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Chapman Botanical Garden

230 Market St., Apalachicola
Chapman Botanical Garden
Visit the Chapman Botanical Garden, honoring the esteemed 19th century botanist, doctor, and author Dr. Alvin Chapman, adjoining the Orman House State Park. Enjoy the butterfly garden, other botanical features, walkways and open spaces. The park features period lighting, seating areas, a gazebo and beautiful boardwalk. The accessible half mile loop is a peaceful and beautiful natural escape located within the downtown district. The walkway is paved. A boardwalk elevates the portion of the path that meanders over a wetland area. Dr. Alvin Wentworth Chapman was a physician and pioneering botanist in the Southeast. He authored "Flora of the Southern United States," the first comprehensive description of plants in any region of the U.S. outside of the northeastern states. One of the premier botanists of his time, he is credited with discovering numerous species of rare plants in Florida. Located off Market Street in the downtown district. Also enjoy the Three Soldiers Detail nearby, a bronze replica of the Vietnam memorial statue in Washington, D.C.
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Apalachicola Museum of Art Apalachicola Museum of Art

5th Street & Avenue F, Apalachicola
The Greek Revival style House, built in 1845, now serves as the Apalachicola Museum of Art. 850-653-2090
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Scipio Creek Boat Basin / Mill Pond Pet Friendly

Market Street, Apalachicola
Located at the north end of Market Street in downtown Apalachicola. Locally known as the Mill Pond, it is the site of a former saw mill where lumber was floated from upriver and milled. It is currently a commercial fishing marina and park as well as home to the Apalachicola Farmer's Market each 2nd and 4th Wednesday.
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Raney House Museum Raney House Museum

128 Market St., Apalachicola
Raney House Museum
This stately Greek Revival house was built in 1836 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes. It is owned by the City and managed by the Apalachicola Historical Society. David and Harriet Raney had three sons who served in the Confederate forces. One son, David G. Raney, Jr., was a marine officer aboard the C.S.S. Tennessee which was captured by Union naval forces in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864. David was captured but escaped and made his way back to Confederate lines. Members of the Raney family lived in the house until 1914. The City of Apalachicola purchased it in 1973 and established the Raney House Museum which exhibits furniture, documents and artifacts of the 19th century. Corner of Market St. and Avenue F. Open to the public 1:00 pm--4:00 pm Sunday through Thursday; and 10:00 am--4:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Admission is free but door donations are accepted. Special group tours available. 850-653-1700.
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