Orman House Tour

historic, home, gorrie, artifacts

Overlooking the docks of Apalachicola stands the historic Orman House. This house was the ancestral home for Thomas Orman and his family. The house was occupied for 165 years until 1994, when the last living relative sold the home.

It was a bed and breakfast from 1994 - 1998 and purchased in 2001 and made into a state park.

Thomas Orman took advantage of the booming cotton industry and turned little known Apalachicola into one of the busiest ports for exporting cotton in the late 1830s. The wealth that he amassed can be seen in the design and decoration of the home.

As you enter the house, you are immediately transported back to antebellum times. The house is a prime example of southern architecture for plantation homes during the 1800s. It is furnished with period furniture to look as it did when the home was first built and filled with Orman family artifacts.

A recent renovation was made to restore the kitchen to its original state. The project was completed thanks to the Friends of Franklin County State Parks, the citizen support organization for the park, and private donations. The kitchen had been modernized when it became a bed and breakfast from 1994 - 1998.

Hours

9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Monday, Thursday-Sunday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday)

Fees

$2 per person (children under six free)