Orman House Historic State Park
The Orman House
Thomas Orman built this house in Apalachicola back in 1838. Orman was a cotton merchant in those days, and Apalachicola was in the heart of the business as one of the Gulf Coast's biggest cotton export ports from 1840 to the 1870's.
Orman's home was used for both business and social gatherings. It was considered a mansion in those days with its federal and Greek revival details: the molded plaster cornices, the wooden mantelpieces, the wide heart-pine floorboards, the large porch and the fully landscaped grounds. Today, the house is well preserved and all the furnishings within are period. Out in front of the house is the Three Soldiers Detail Statue: a unique bronze cast from the same mold as the Three Servicemen Statue located in Washington, DC. Across the street is the Chapman Gardens, another nicely landscaped property (also part of the Orman House State Park) with great picnicking areas.
Orman House and Chapman Gardens are available for rent for special events and occasions. Guided tours of the property cost a small fee and are offered hourly when the house is open. The house is open from 9 am to noon and 1 pm to 5 pm, Thursday through Monday except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Orman House Historic State Park is located off US Highway 98 in the historic section of downtown Apalachicola. Just turn at the stop light and follow the signs.
Florida State Parks: Orman House Historic State Park
- Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
- Apalachee Savannahs Scenic Byway
- Apalachicola National Forest
- Bald Point State Park
- Big Bend Scenic Byway
- Bradwell Bay Wilderness
- Camp Helen State Park
- Constitution Convention Museum State Park
- Econfina River State Park
- Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
- Falling Waters State Park
- Florida Caverns State Park
- Fort Gadsden Historic Site
- John Gorrie Museum State Park
- Lake Jackson Mounds State Park
- Lake Talquin State Forest
- Lake Talquin State Park
- Letchworth-Love Mounds Archaeological State Park
- Mud Swamp-New River Wilderness
- Natural Bridge Battlefield State Park
- Ochlocknee River State Park
- Orman House State Park
- Pine Log State Forest