Preservationists praise Apalachicola’s historic heritage

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 01:17 PM.

“Everybody had a wonderful time and was impressed with how many historic resources still exist here and how much that contributes to identity of the town,” Peery said. “It doesn’t look like Anytown , USA . It is distinctly old Florida with a maritime orientation.

“We use the term historic but we’re really talking heritage,” she said. “The Gibson Inn is a good example of a historic building that is still being used in the original way, but other structures that would have been useful in those early days, have been adapted to a new uses, and remain. A good example of this is Robert Lindsley’s gallery.”

The Apalachicola Area Historical Society and Apalachicola held a reception at the Robert Lindsley Studio Gallery on Avenue E gallery to welcome the distinguished preservations to the area. Lindsley donated the use of his building; prominent local citizens mingled with the distinguished visitors.

Lynn and Bill Spohrer, responsible for an impressive amount of local preservation, traded war stories with the visiting preservationists. Historical Society President Tom Daly and local historians Mark Curenton, Delores Roux and Frank Cook were on hand to provide background and answer questions. Even Shannon Hartsfield, president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers’ Association, commented on the condition of the bay while shucking and serving local oysters.

The Trust’s business meeting took place at Trinity Episcopal Church, also a donated venue.

President Rick Gonzalez, who began his two-year term in May, urged Apalachicola residents to preserve what he called “a special and unique place.”

“I think Apalachicola is great,” he said. “The arrival over the bridge is phenomenal. It is a beautiful small town that hasn’t been businessified. There are bumps in the sidewalks and plants growing on the walls of the buildings. Don’t let go of that. Once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.”

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