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Apalachicola in Franklin County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Dr. Alvan W. Chapman House

 
 
The Dr. Alvan W. Chapman House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
1. The Dr. Alvan W. Chapman House Marker
Inscription. This classical Greek Revival style house served as the residence of Dr. Alvan Wentworth Chapman, physician, scientist, and eminent botanist, whose research and writings on the flora of the South received international recognition. Born in 1809 in Massachusetts, Dr. Chapman came to Florida in 1835, and by 1847 had settled in Apalachicola. He built this house in 1847, and lived here almost continuously until his death in 1899. Active in the community, Dr. Chapman served as county judge, mayor, and collector of customs. Among the many plants named in his honor is the Chapman Rhododendron, so named by noted Harvard professor Asa Fray. Dr. Chapman was also associated with the Smithsonian, furnishing that institutionís first specimens of butterfly chrysalises of this locality. His first herbarium is located at the New York Botanical Garden; his second, including his original manuscript, “Flora of the Southern United States,” is at the Biltmore Estate near Ashville, North Carolina. Dr. Chapman died here and was buried in nearby Chestnut Cemetery. Dramatically altered during the 20th century, the house underwent a complete restoration, completed in 2012, and now appears as it did during Dr. Chapmanís residency.
 
Erected 2012 by Dr. Helen E.A. Tudor, Walter B. Melvin, A.I.A. and the Florida
The Dr. Alvan W. Chapman House Marker and house image. Click for full size.
By Tim Fillmon, December 27, 2016
2. The Dr. Alvan W. Chapman House Marker and house
Department of State. (Marker Number F-740.)
 
Location. 29° 43.553′ N, 84° 59.211′ W. Marker is in Apalachicola, Florida, in Franklin County. Marker is at the intersection of Avenue E (U.S. 98) and 6th Street, on the right when traveling west on Avenue E. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 82 6th Street, Apalachicola FL 32320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Episcopal Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hanserd-Fry House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chestnut Street Cemetery of Early Apalachicola (about 400 feet away); Methodist Episcopal Church South (about 400 feet away); Dr. John Gorrie (about 500 feet away); Fort Coombs - Franklin Guards (about 800 feet away); The Raney House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Franklin County (approx. ľ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Apalachicola.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 30, 2017, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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