‘Livin’ is easy’ at Saturday’s home tour

Whiteside-Wheatley House

The Whiteside-Wheatley House at 147 Ave. D

Special to the Times
Published: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 05:31 PM.

Saturday will be a busy day in Apalachicola as scores of visitors are expected for the 22nd Annual “Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour” sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church.

The tour is expected to attract hundreds of visitors to Apalachicola on Friday and Saturday, May 2 – May 3. This year’s theme, “And the Livin' Is Easy" is as apropos to the grand Gothic Revival home and the beautiful Queen Anne abode as it is to the precious bungalow and all sizes and sorts in between. All of the homes featured on this year's tour are vintage homes with interesting histories, contemporary touches and homeowners who take pride in their houses and have found a perfect fit for their unique style in this community.

Featured house for the 2014 tour is the home of Briana Wheatly, built for George H. Whiteside, owner and operator of the Apalachicola Ice and Canning Company, in the Gothic Revival Style, circa 1872. At one point in its history, the house was altered for use as a boarding house, but eventually, it reverted to its single-family dwelling status. A recent major renovation involved the addition of a large kitchen and half bath. On view are many articles of interest that the homeowner has collected in her travels. Plein Air paintings, as well as art work from local artists in Ft. Wayne, Ind. and Seaside, number among them.

Other homes on the tour include the Dodd-Denis- Galloway House at 187 Ave. C, constructed circa 1900 by the Glass family’ the long-time occupants of the home were the Dodds. The current owners engaged in an extensive renovation of the property with a goal to retain the original character of the Gulf Coast cottage.

Also the V.G. Sangaree – Huntington House at 173 Ave. C, built in 1949 for a local undertaker to replace a two-story home that once stood on the property. Timbers used in this house were retrieved from the ruins of St. Patrick's Catholic Church after it burned in the early 20th century.

Also, the Ronat Sangaree - Seibert House at 110 17th St. , a oastal cottage, reputedly more than 100 years old, constructed of cypress and heart pine, both indigenous materials to the area.

Also, the Hoffman – Dosik House at 47 11th St., a Gulf Coast style cottage built in 1892 and moved to its present location in 1960.

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