Coombs descendants visit Coombs Inn

Jerry and Tina Coombs

Jerry and Tina Coombs

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:03 AM.


Another Coombs relative has returned to his Apalachicola roots.

Gerald “Jerry” Coombs of Tallahassee and wife Tina celebrated their 13th anniversary at the Coombs House Inn.

Coombs is the descendant of James Nathaniel Coombs, builder of the historic inn.

Jerry Coombs said he has just begun to seek out knowledge of his heritage and was thrilled to be able to visit Apalachicola and stay in the fully restored home, now an award-winning inn.

The Coombs house was the scene of a family tragedy. Built in 1906, just five years later it was partly destroyed by a fire that resulted in the deaths of James and Maria Coombs within a month. Still some people believe J.N. Coombs lingers in his dream home.

The couple stayed in the haunted suite where Coombs is said to caress the cheeks of lovely ladies sleeping in “his” bed. The family patriarch is also said to have appeared to the innkeeper in the dining room, warning her to board up the 100-year-old beveled glass windows before Hurricane Dennis.

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