Ranger Programs at John Gorrie Museum State Park
John Gorrie Museum State Park
Daily, Thurs.-Mon. 9 AM - 4 PM
In 1851, Dr. John Gorrie was granted the first U.S. patent for mechanical refrigeration. Although he was never able to commercialize it, his invention influenced the development of machines that have revolutionized food preservation and made life in hot climates far more bearable. Gorrie is also credited with saving many lives during the yellow fever epidemic of the 1850s.