Apalachicola Historic District
Apalachicola offers maritime history and a still-working waterfront, memorable shops, inns and B&B’s, and restaurants serving the freshest seafood on the coast, each in its unique way. Hailed as one of a “Dozen Distinctive Destinations” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the City of Apalachicola boasts over 200 historically significant homes and commercial structures. The original town plan, developed in the 1830s with wide tree-lined streets, remained intact when the town became the port of shipment for southwest Georgia and the Chattahoochee River valley cotton. The rows of cotton warehouses, ships’ stores, net factories, and sponge exchanges now house restaurants, shops, and galleries. Among the most significant historic sites are the Raney House (1838), Sponge Exchange (1840), Cotton Warehouse (1838), Grady Building/Consulate (1880’s and rebuilt in 1900), Dixie Theatre (1912), Ft. Coombs Armory (1901-05/oldest building continuously used by a U.S. National Guard Company), Trinity Church (1838), Chapman House (mid-1800’s home of botanist Alvin Chapman), Fry Conter House (1845) now open as the Apalachicola Museum of Art, and Chestnut Street Cemetery (1831).
Chipley Historic District
Chipley was founded in 1882 and named for railroad pioneer William Dudley Chipley. The town grew in the late 19th century, serving as a watering station for steam locomotives. Visit the Chipley Depot and Museum on 7th Street. The quaint downtown district offers a walking tour (maps are also available at the Visitor’s Center) among restored nineteenth century and antebellum homes. Several are of brick construction from local Washington County brick. The eclectic mix of architecture includes: Mediterranean revival, Victorian, Romanesque revival, Colonial revival, and Second Empire styling. Some homes have Corinthian columns and others cantilevered overhangs.
Havana’s Historic District-Planters Exchange
Named for its renowned high-quality tobacco-growing and cigar-making center, the district includes many historic buildings, such as the Planters Exchange, a renovated tobacco warehouse built in 1928. Dubbed the “Southeast’s Art and Antique Capital,” the City of Havana’s century-old brick buildings provide the perfect backdrop for dozens of shops, galleries, boutiques, and cafes.
Marianna Historic District
The City of Marianna located in Jackson County, the third oldest county in Florida, has a rich history. It dates back to the Spanish mission of San Nicolas de Tolentino, established at the mouth of a large cave in 1674. The Marianna Historic District is bounded by Davis, Park, Jackson, and Wynn Streets. It contains 181 historic buildings, including the Joseph W. Russ, Jr. House (1892-1896), Davis-West House (c. 1840), Ely-Criglar House (c. 1840), Gregg Residence (1942), Dickson-Mock House (1901), and the Hinson House (1920). The Battle of Marianna Monument and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Graveyard stand testament to the 1864 Battle of Marianna. The culmination of the deepest penetration of Confederate Florida by Federal soldiers during the entire War Between the States, the Battle of Marianna was deadly and fierce and has been labeled by some as “Florida’s Alamo.”
Quincy’s Historic District
Established in 1828, it soon became a unique tobacco-growing center. The county prospered until the Civil War. At the turn of the century, Quincy Bank President M.W. “Pat” Munroe thought Coca-Cola was a well-managed company and encouraged patrons of his bank to invest in the fledgling company, resulting in scores of “Coca-Cola Millionaires.” Many of their homes are located within the 36-block nationally designated historic district. Visit the Chamber of Commerce at 208 Adams Street for a Walking Tour Booklet.