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    Fantastic Beach - All to Ourselves!

    by charlenemixa Written May 27, 2014

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    Absolutely beautiful sugar-sand beaches that are easily accessible by boardwalks over the sand dunes. There are few shells or rocks making it a great beach for walking along the shoreline. Plus smooth sand bottom all the way out into the water for fun playing along the shore and easily wading out to the deeper water. The water is clear and a beautiful Emerald green color. Miles of beautiful white sandy beaches. Fabulous! We had the beach to ourselves! Quiet, scenic and serene. Depending on your situation you can park in one of the small parking lots and cross over to the beach for privacy and seclusion or in one of the large parking lots with all the necessary facilities. We preferred the seclusion but the day we were there even the large parking areas were quiet. The park also has showers, restroom and picnic facilities and boardwalks through the forest.

    Looking out over the serene Gulf of Mexico Miles of wide open beach!
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    Stop for a Visit & A Climb (The Lighthouse)

    by charlenemixa Written May 27, 2014

    Actually the St. George Lighthouse was rebuilt by volunteers after it fell into the Gulf of Mexico. Relocating it to the main entrance at St. George Island visitors can now climb the steps to the top and also visit the museum in the innkeeper cabin. We really enjoyed the video at the museum sharing the fall of the lighthouse and the efforts to rebuild it. There were multiple videos available to watch. They had two stools to sit on while viewing the videos. Good displays of the lighthouse and it’s history. We opted to not do the 92 step climb but know it would be fun with some spectacular views. (There is a fee to climb the lighthouse) It is a beautiful lighthouse and now will be around for many years to come -thanks to the hard work of it's volunteers.

    The St. George Island Lighthouse
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    St. James Bay Resort & Golf Course

    by charlenemixa Written May 27, 2014

    This is an exciting golf course in the Florida Panhandle just outside Carrabelle. It is in excellent condition and is very challenging. It's over the marsh/hazards and then some target golf so it keeps golfers on their toes. A lot of holes have hazards to carry on the drive and several also have hazards requiring placement of shots/laying up while others are just in front of the green. The GPS system is really helpful for knowing distances and carry. You can even touch the screen and it will give you the exact distance for where you are aiming. Greens were hard for us to putt. We played on a Thursday and it was not crowded at all so it was a terrific pace of play. Enjoyed a light lunch at the clubhouse. Any golfer visiting the area will definitely enjoy a round of golf at St. James. Plus they have some good stay and play packages.

    A demanding and enjoyable course!
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    John Gorrie State Museum

    by charlenemixa Written May 27, 2014

    A Florida State Park Museum it gives a good overview of Dr. John Gorrie and how he came to invent the ice machine. There is a very good video that tells the story of how Dr. Gorrie wanted to find a way to cure/eliminate yellow fever and malaria eventually resulting in his inventing an ice machine. This invention’s impact was huge as it lead to the ability to have air conditioning which opened up a whole new world for Florida and other southern states which previously were avoided in summer months. This is a one room museum that showcases Gorrie and even has a replica of the original ice machine. It would be good to have seats to watch the video. It is 20 minutes and a long time to just stand in front of a TV set

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    Maritime History and Future of Apalachicola

    by charlenemixa Written May 27, 2014

    The museum does a good job of walking through history of the various maritime industries .and their impact on Apalachicola over the years. See “real tongs” for gathering oysters, learn about shrimping, and the spongers, as well as the lumber business. They offer many seafaring options including kayaking, a schooner trip, etc. that give visitors a chance to get up close and personal with the Scipio creek, Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. We recommend checking the museums schedule to take a “water trip” while visiting the area. They are also preserving history and trades with programs for youngsters to learn the art of boatbuilding by hand.

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    Orman House

    by yooperprof Written Sep 15, 2012

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    The Orman House is a moderately-sized but fascinating plantation-era house that is operated as a public museum by the State of Florida in coordination with local volunteers. It has a beautiful setting on a small hill overlooking the Apalachicola River. Local entrepreneur Thomas Orman built the house for his family in 1838 in the Greek Revival style. His son William served as an officer in the Confederate Army, and was later a Representative in the United States Congress. During the twentieth century, the house ran into some tough times, and for a while was operated as a bed and breakfast, but it has now been carefully restored, and the rooms are very nicely furnished with a variety of early to mid 19th century pieces. Highly recommended.

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    The Gorrie Museum (Ice Machine Museum)

    by yooperprof Written Sep 15, 2012

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    Apalachicola was the home of noted inventor John Gorrie (1803-1855), inventor of the first commercially successul Ice Machine. The Gorrie Museum is a state-operated site that commemorates this early ice pioneer. A nearby historical markers attests to Gorrie's accomplishments:

    "He was granted the first US patent for mechanical refrigeration on May 6, 1851. Dr. Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in 1833 after the completion of his education at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of New York in Fairfield, NY. Motivated by a severe Yellow Fever epidemic in the summer of 1841, Dr. Gorrie and his predecessors felt the fever was caused by heat, humidity, and decaying vegetation. He sought to effect a cure by introducing an element of cold in the form of refrigeration. Dr. Gorrie noted 'Nature would terminate the fever through the changing of seasons.' In May 1844, he constructed the the refrigeration that would receive the patent. The mechanism produced ice in quantities, but leakage and irregular performance impaired its operation. At various times he served as a physician of the Marine Hospital Service, President of the Apalachicola Branch Bank of Pensacola, Secretary of the Masonic Lodge, and founding vestryman of Trinity Episcopal Church."

    This old-fashioned museum contains displays about the sigificance of Gorrie's life and work, as well as material relating to life on the Gulf Coast in the 19th century.

    Ice it, baby Gorrie Memorial across the street
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    st. george island

    by doug48 Updated Jun 8, 2010

    st. george island is located southeast of apalachicola in the gulf of mexico. st. george island is home to st. george island state park and is one of the most beautiful beaches in northwest florida. for more information see my st. george island page.

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    trinity episcopal church

    by doug48 Written Nov 3, 2007

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    the trinity episcopal church was chartered in 1837. the building that houses trinity episcopal church is the earliest prefabricated building in america. in 1840 the framework of the church was shipped to apalachicola from new york by schooner.

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    dixie theater

    by doug48 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    this historic theatre opened in 1913 as a vaudeville house. in 1915 it was converted into a movie theatre. today the dixie hosts theatrical productions, cinema, and music concerts. the dixie is home to the apalachicola music fest. for performances and times see their website.

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    historic downtown

    by doug48 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    pictured is the grady block in apalachicola's historic downtown. there are numerous restaurants, bars, and gift shops in the downtown area. find a parking space near the gibson inn and explore on foot this interesting area.

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    dr. john gorrie museum and monument

    by doug48 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    dr. john gorrie (1802-1855) is apalachicola's most famous resident. dr. gorrie studied tropical diseases. he urged the government to drain swamps to stop the spread of malaria and thought that cool air was good for patients. since ice had to be shipped to florida from the great lakes gorrie invented the artificial ice machine in 1851. this invention was the forerunner of refrigeration and air conditioning.

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    apalachicola river and bay

    by doug48 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    the town of apalachicola is located on the apalachicola river and bay. this area is famous for it's oysters and other seafood. pictured are some shrimp boats at the city dock.

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