Our Culture: Heritage

Blountstown MuralBlountstown Mural

Side of the Diamond Corner at SR 20 and SR 71
Local artist Jeff Vickery created this mural depicting historic buildings of Blountstown. The centerpiece of the mural is from an old colorized postcard. Main Street members helped select the series of landmark buildings included in the mural. Many hope that the mural will bring history alive, rekindle memories and local pride, and increase tourism to the region.


Camp Gordon Johnston MuseumCamp Gordon Johnston Museum

Nationally honored by the Smithsonian Magazine for three straight years, this museum is dedicated to the heritage of World War II soldiers. The museum focuses in particular on the quarter of million men who trained for amphibious landings at Camp Gordon Johnston, which closed in June of 1946. It includes extensive history of these units as well as a photographic display of the area and life as it existed at the camp. Artifacts are displayed in themes — Barracks, Equipment, War, Home Front, Camp Gordon Johnston, and Franklin County Veterans. The museum is located in the Carrabelle City Complex at 1001 Gray Avenue in Carrabelle. Museum hours are: Monday through Thursday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., Friday from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 – 2:00 p.m. Visit www.campgordonjohnston.com for more details.


Carrabelle History MuseumCarrabelle History Museum

Opened in 2009, local residents have built the collection through donated historical pictures, genealogy, memories, and household and work items. Special displays highlight Carrabelle’s First People, Local Heroes, and the Steamship Tarpon, which was key to building Carrabelle in the early 1900s. The museum is open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. til 5 p.m. For more information, please visit www.carrabellehistorymuseum.org.



Chatahoochee Heritage ParkChatahoochee Heritage Park & Mural

Located in downtown Chattahoochee, the park contains a Norfolk Southern Railroad caboose, picturesque fountain, gazebo, benches, and a river heritage mural painted by Von Tipton that features the John W. Callahan steamboat.



Chipley MuralChipley Mural

A nice railroad mural on the Valencia Jewelry Store, located near the depot.




Chipley MuseumChipley Museum

Visit the Chipley Museum with nice displays and artifacts from the past at the depot on 7th Street.




Coca Coral MuralCoca Cola Mural

Park on Madison Street in the Courthouse Square and walk south, crossing US 90, to the next block to view this iconic mural on the outside brick wall at Padgett’s Jewelers in Quincy. The mural is one reminder that Quincy was once home to many millionaires who invested in Coca-Cola stock in the 1920s.



Gadsden Art Center

The Gadsden Art Center is housed in the original 1910 Bell and Bates Hardware Building. The Center features local and regional artists, and premiers new and innovative pieces throughout the year in its 2,200 square foot main gallery, community room, children’s gallery, classrooms, and gift shop. The basement offers a photo lab and pottery studio. Please visit www.gadsdenarts.org for more information.


Freeport MuseumHeritage Center of Freeport Museum & Visitor Center

This newly opened facility has benefited greatly from Freeport’s historian, Beckie Buxton, who has been compiling stories and photos of Freeport for decades. Visitors can browse through wonderful exhibits of Freeport’s families and businesses. The collection includes furniture from the McCaskill home, an icemaker from Casey Ice House, photographs, and additional items on loan from Freeport residents. The museum is manned by a staff of volunteers. It is open from 12 noon – 5 p.m. on Thursday – Saturday.



John Gorrie State ParkJohn Gorrie State Park

A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie served as postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and bank director. Concern for his yellow fever patients motivated 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.



Muscogee Creek MuseumMuscogee Creek Museum

The museum is part of a rural relief complex including a food pantry and second-hand clothing shop. The main building, a 1913 school, houses the tribal office, museum, and gift store. Tribal office workers serve as museum docents, offering insights into the small, but significant collection of artifacts, photographs, hand-made goods, drums, games, and clothing. The Muscogee Nation of Florida, also known as the Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians, is a Tribe of Creek Indian people whose home is centered in Bruce, Florida. The Creek predecessors of the Muscogee Nation of Florida signed 11 treaties with the United States between 1790 and 1833. Those who formed the modern nation followed the Choctawhatchee River south into the State of Florida from Dale County, Alabama as early as 1837 to escape the federal government’s removal policies. The museum offers a glimpse into what life was like in Bruce from the early 1900s until today. For more information, please visit www.Mnof.org.


Silver Door Arts and Crafts CenterThe Silver Door Hands-On Arts and Crafts Center

The brainchild of Mark and Carla Templeton, this Big Red Barn offers a world of creativity and hands-on experience like no other. This art studio is set on a 13-acre mini-ranch, with a sparkling pond and lush lawn surrounded by grand old trees. The Center is supplied with everything you’ll need to try ceramics, painting, canvas art, clay, molding, glass fusion, mosaics, upcycled art, “T” shirt painting, door hangers, or metal art. Plus, you’ll be able to take home that perfect gift for your own home or for someone special. For more information, please visit www.thesilverdoorhandsonarts.com.


Three Servicemen StatueThree Servicemen Statue South Detail State Park

Located on Water Street in front of the Orman House, The Three Servicemen Statue compliments 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 monumental figurative work of soldiers speaks to what renowned sculptor Frederick Hart called “their true heroism that lies in the bonds of loyalty.” It is a visual reference for the ages of their courage and devotion to their country. It was unveiled and dedicated July 12, 2008 as an unending expression of the city’s gratitude to the living, fallen, and missing veterans of the Vietnam War and all of our nation’s wars.

Visit www.threeservicemenstatuesouth.org for more information.


Worlds Smallest Police StationWorld’s Smallest Police Station

Featured on “Real People,” “Ripley’s Believe It or Not,” and the “Today Show,” the World’s Smallest Police Station is located in Carrabelle on the north side of US 98 as you drive west. In the early 1960s, the police phone was bolted to a building at the corner of US 98 and Tallahassee Street. To avoid problems with tourists making unauthorized long distance calls and protect officers from the elements, the phone was later placed in a booth at its current location. However, the illegal calls continued and eventually the dial was removed from the phone. Vandals later ripped phones from the booth, shot holes through its glass, and knocked it over. A tourist once asked a gas station attendant to help him load it into his vehicle so he could take it back to Tennessee. The original booth is on display in the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce office.