Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Old Florida Charm

I am just returning from a trip to Apalachicola, Florida.  My husband and I visited friends who own a gorgeous old home that was built in the late 1800's.  

Apalachicola evokes a sense of Old Florida- lazy days fishing, sitting on the front porch and chatting with neighbors, old Victorian seaside homes and just all around southern charm.  Apalachicola oysters are famous and local fish and seafood is abundant. 

 Shrimp boats standing at attention in the marina


An old fish cleaning shed is abandoned now and ferns have begun to grow on the roof.

Vacant barrier islands provide wonderful shelling expeditions.

 Massive trees with ferns growing on the limbs are throughout town.

 Chicken coops in back yards provide fresh eggs on a daily basis.

 Apalachicola's historic district is home to many Victorian homes that have been lovingly maintained by their current owners. 


Our friends, Mariterese and Pat, own this beautiful old Victorian. 
The original owner made his fortune in the oyster business.  
Note that the original wood walls have never been painted and
 are still as beautiful as when they were built.

 The entry foyer wood walls are simply gorgeous, just as they were in the late 1800's.

 The upstairs bedroom walls are the original shiplap. 
 It is wonderful to wake up in those rooms with their grand tall windows.
And finally, who wouldn't enjoy watching this everyday? 

Never change your ways, Apalachicola.  You encourage us to grow old with grace.


Margaret Carruthers said...

What absolutely fabulous photographs. Wonderful scenery and georgeous houses.

Laurell Banner said...

What a beautiful place to live. Your pics really bring it to life.
The Balthrop estate is stunning.

MT said...

Thank you Susan!! How Pat and I loved having you and Jay!!! Love our little town Apalachicola!!! Yes these old houses are beautiful -all made of cypress and white heart pine even the painted stuff!!! -as the cypress and heart pine were local and plentiful! My house is a fortress!