Orman House Historic State Park
Chapman Gardens Closed
Due to overhead hazards, the Chapman Botanical Gardens are closed at this time. Once we remove these, we will reopen the gardens for public use. Please continue to check back with us for any updates.
Welcome to Orman House Historic State Park
Built in 1838 by Thomas Orman, this antebellum home overlooks the Apalachicola River and was used for both business and social gatherings.
Orman was a cotton merchant and businessman in Apalachicola from 1834 to the 1880s. He helped the tiny town become one of the Gulf Coast’s most important cotton exporting ports by the mid-19th century.
The house features details of both Federal and Greek revival styles with wooden mantelpieces, molded plaster cornices and wide heart-pine floorboards.
Visit the adjoining Chapman Botanical Gardens, which honors Dr. Alvin Chapman, a distinguished 19th-century botanist. Enjoy the butterfly garden, other botanical features, walkways and open spaces. Also enjoy the Three Soldiers Detail, a bronze replica of the Vietnam memorial statue in Washington, D.C.
Annual special events include Apalachicola Historic Tour of Homes in May and Historic Christmas in November. Other events and ranger programs are available.