Members of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation held their summer retreat in
On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 2-3, 17 officers, staff members and trustees traveled from as far away as
According to their online mission statement, the Trust advocates for legislation and funding in support of historic preservation on behalf of Florida’s many historic sites, museums and parks and promotes the preservation of the architectural, historical and archaeological heritage of Florida through advocacy, education and historic property stewardship.
Recently, the Trust named Chapman Auditorium as one of the 11 most endangered historic structures in
Anne Peery, executive director of the Trust said although the visitors did not tour the city as a group, every attendee toured on their own by car, bicycle or on foot.
Lorrie Muldowney, secretary of the Trust was struck by the contrast between her home in
Peery said many on the retreat, especially those from South Florida, were visiting
“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
“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
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
Mark Tarmey, treasurer of the Trust is a frequent visitor to
“The city commission took historic design guidelines and made it an ordinance,” Tarmey said. “That’s important but it’s not just the buildings that make it special; it’s the people and the whole sense of place. In
Peery said 13 of the 16 members of the Trust chose to stay overnight on Saturday and spend an extra day here. The preservationists brought along 11 family members to experience
Trust members stayed at the Gibson Inn, High Cotton Marketplace, Water Street Hotel and the Coombs House Inn.
Peery said participants in the retreat paid their own travel expenses and dined at many local restaurants.
“It was a terrific weekend from all of us getting work done, to meeting people within your community who have same passion for historic preservation we do,” said Peery.
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