I just returned from Apalachicola visiting my daughter Deborah Horn in her house celebrating her July 3 birthday and my July 4 birthday. We fell in love with this lovely town on many summer holidays at St. George Island. We would drive up to drive around and look for homes that were on sale, have a delightful lunch there, visit several shops and admire the lovely old trees and the historical cemetery. The oyster boats are great and eating a dozen fresh ones from there is a terrific treat.
Over the years, we decided that Apalachicola was the place for us. Deborah purchased a home there and is in the process of renovating it now. We were so surprised that finally there was a celebration on her birthday, July 3! It is usually held on my day and this was such a joy. Your celebration was wonderful, beautifully planned and orchestrated. We enjoyed all of it, the parade, the auctions, the food, the band and the finale, the elaborate fireworks!
You have kept the lovely old buildings restored beautifully. Downtown has really grown since last year. The people were so very friendly. We immediately felt we had found a second home. Walking about the lovely neighborhood in early dusk was a real treat. Quiet streets, very little traffic, beautiful old homes lovingly cared for, it seemed like a real movie town… a perfect place for a great Southern movie.
I congratulate the folks that are responsible for planning and caring for this great old town. I hope I can come back soon to visit.
Barbara B. Rigsby