“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Franklin County Florida Historical Markers

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By Tim Fillmon, January 4, 2017
Chestnut Street Cemetery
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-179 — Chestnut Street Cemetery of Early Apalachicola (Old City Graveyard)
Chestnut Street Cemetery dates prior to 1831. Interred are some of Apalachicola's founders and molders of her colorful history. Also buried here are many soldiers of the Confederacy and victims of yellow fever and shipwrecks. Seven of the . . . — Map (db m101138) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-413 — Dr. John Gorrie
Dr. John Gorrie (1803-1855) was an early pioneer in the invention of the artificial manufacture of ice, refrigeration, and air conditioning. He was granted the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration on May 6, 1851 (U.S. Patent No. 8080). Dr. . . . — Map (db m27028) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-532 — Fort Coombs - Franklin Guards
The Franklin Guards, a company of Infantry organized in Apalachicola in 1884 by J. H. Coombs and Fred Betterfield, erected the first building in the city to be used solely as an armory in 1898. Made of simulated brick, it was located at the corner . . . — Map (db m26120) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-62 — Franklin County
Named for Benjamin Franklin, the county was created in 1832. Apalachicola, the county seat, which dates back to the times of the Creek Indians, was an important center for cotton trade. The county is noted for agriculture, timber, livestock and sea . . . — Map (db m101140) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-562 — Methodist Episcopal Church South
First United Methodist Church of Apalachicola was established in 1839 when Reverend Peter Haskew was appointed to serve the St. Joseph and Apalachicola Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. The original sanctuary, built and dedicated . . . — Map (db m26393) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-740 — The Dr. Alvan W. Chapman House
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 . . . — Map (db m101139) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-908 — The Hanserd-Fry House
Constructed ca. 1845, the Hanserd-Fry House is one of Apalachicola's finest examples of Palladian Greek Revival style architecture. The well-preserved house features a symmetrical porch with Tuscan classical columns typical of the Greek Revival . . . — Map (db m100891) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-270 — The Raney House
During the 1830's, when the cotton port of Apalachicola was rapidly expanding. David G. Raney built a rather plain, Federal style house at this site. Around 1850, A two - story portico and other features of the then popular Greek Revival . . . — Map (db m26663) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-134 — Trinity Episcopal Church
This original structure of white pine had previously been cut into sections in New York and floated by sailing vessel down the Atlantic Coast and around the Florida keys before it was erected on this site. This parish was first organized in . . . — Map (db m27026) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Apalachicola — F-121 — When the River Was King!
(side 1) History records the first shipment of cotton to leave this Port, arrived New York, 1822. Beginning 1836, forty-three, three-storied brick, Cotton Warehouses and Brokerages lined Apalachicola's water front. Their granite-columned . . . — Map (db m101141) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Carabelle Beach — F-855 — Camp Gordon Johnston Training Area
With the approach of World War II, amphibious warfare training centers were hurriedly built. Camp Carrabelle opened in September 1941. Construction began in July 1942 and the camp was renamed in honor of Colonel Gordon Johnston (1874-1934), a highly . . . — Map (db m100897) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Carrabelle — F-427 — World War II D-Day Training Site
In late 1943, Carrabelle Beach and Dog Island, while they were a part of Camp Gordon Johnston, were used by the US Army 4th Infantry Division to train for the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. The Amphibious Training Center had been . . . — Map (db m16847) HM
Florida (Franklin County), Lanark Village — F-371 — Camp Gordon Johnston 1942-1946
In June 1942 the U.S. War Department selected a 155,000 acre section of coastal Franklin County to be used as an amphibious warfare training center. Originally called Camp Carabelle, the base was renamed in January 1943 to honor the memory of . . . — Map (db m101177) HM
Florida (Franklin County), St. George Island — F-319 — William Augustus Bowles
During a storm in 1799, the schooner Fox ran aground off the eastern end of St. George Island. On board was William Augustus Bowles, a British citizen and self-styled leader of the Creek-Cherokee nation. Bowles was bringing gunpowder and bullets, he . . . — Map (db m52650) HM

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