The town of Apalachicola is located on the panhandle in Northwest Florida along the Gulf Coast. Some consider it to be the heart of the Forgotten Coast, a region of the coast that is known for its amazing, yet never-crowded beaches. Apalachicola is more than just a mouth full (pronounced AP-eh-latch-i-KOH-luh) to pronounce, it is a town full of historic charm, community pride, and great local businesses.
The earliest inhabitants of the area were native Americans. Beginning in the early 1500s the area was considered part of Spanish Florida, but never actually settled by the Spanish. In the 1750s the Spanish traded the area to the British to retain possession of Cuba. This area became the British trading post known as Cottonton located at the mouth of the Apalachicola River. In the 1800s this territory was acquired by the United States and incorporated into West Point in 1831.
Prior to the railroads that came through the area in the late 1900s, the town of Apalachicola was the third-busiest port on the entire Gulf of Mexico. Giving the town a deep-rooted maritime past that can be experienced through museums and tours today.
This park is the home of the beautiful historic antebellum-style home of Thomas Orman, built in 1838. The home overlooks the Apalachicola River and was used for business and social gatherings of the famous cotton merchant. Today you can take tours of the home and enjoy the surrounding grounds.
A local “pub/bar” and eatery where locals and tourists alike frequent. They of course make their own beer and it has become a favorite in the area.
This museum is a fun place to learn about all of the water-related history and more of the town. It is a hands-on learning environment that also offers boating excursions, adventure programs, and boat building and restoration classes.
Main Street is the downtown hub of Apalachicola and the city takes great pride in preserving the integrity and atmosphere of Main Street. It is a popular and beloved area of the town and is home to many great local boutique-style shops, restaurants, cafes, etc.
The public schools serving the town of Apalachicola are all part of the Franklin County School District. This is a small district with just a handful of schools. Specific schools serving Apalachicola include the Franklin County School and Apalachicola Bay Charter School.
Homes in Apalachicola
Apalachicola offers a wide and diverse variety of home types and price points. The most notable of Apalachicola properties is the beautiful historic homes. You can also find some great starter home single-family properties as well and newer single-family homes on large lots of land overlooking the bay or river within walking distance or just minutes from some of the best beaches in Florida. For those seeking a lower maintenance property, Apalachicola offers townhomes and condos as well. Home prices in Apalachicola range from just under $200,000 to over $1.3 million.
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