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Orman House - Accessible Amenities

The Orman House Historic State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors. Those amenities include:

  • Accessible house tours
  • Sidewalks around the Orman House, Chapman Botanical Gardens, and Veteran's Memorial Plaza
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Orman House - Gardens

Take a stroll and find yourself swept away into periods long since forgotten. On one path, visitors will find the Orman House Historic State Park, featuring the 1838 antebellum home of Thomas Orman. Just across the street, visitors can discover Northwest Florida's natural flora at Chapman Botanical Garden, built in honor of Dr. Alvan Chapman, a prominent southern botanist and 1800s resident of Apalachicola. Time stands still in the garden, where visitors can find a place of solitude to read a book, start a new painting or watch the butterflies in the butterfly garden.  Sidewalks connect from the parking lots and wind in and around the gardens.

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Orman House - Geo-Seeking

Geocaching is an outdoor game using hand-held global positioning systems (GPS) devices. It's effectively an inexpensive, interactive, high-tech treasure hunt that's a great way to learn geography. Participants use location coordinates to find caches. Some caches are easy to find; others are more difficult. The biggest reward is the thrill of the search and the discovery of a place where you have never been. Geocaching should have minimal impact to the environment and conscientious land use ethics should be followed.

The Operation Recreation GeoTour hosted by Geocaching.com, stretches from Pensacola to Key West and includes 71 of the First Three Time National Gold Medal Award Winning Florida State Parks and Trails. Visit 20 caches and win the Official Operation Recreation Geocoin. Download and print the Official Tracking Sheet to begin your adventure. Remember to cache and save with unlimited entry for a year with the Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

The Florida Park Service is proud to announce it has launched the Operation Recreation Kids GeoTour. Look inside Operation Recreation GeoTour geocaches for one of six possible Nature Cards. Every cache has one of six species. Record the name of the Florida State Park where you first find each of the six species on the Kids Official Tracking Sheet. Find all six species and win the ORGT Kids GeoTour Geocoin!

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Orman House - Interpretive Exhibit

Interpretive exhibits are available.

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Orman House - Picnicking

Come have a picnic at one of the picnic tables in Chapman Botanical Gardens.  Park style grills are available for your use.  Consumption of alcohol beverages is prohibited, except during park-sanctioned events where alcohol is permitted within designated areas.

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Orman House - Tours

The house is open daily for hourly guided tours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Monday. A fee of $2 per person is charged. Children 5 and under are free. The gardens and grounds of the Orman House may be rented for special events. Please call the park for further information.  Concrete sidewalks and a small ramp lead from the parking lots to the entrance to the house.  Digital photos and a photo book are available to see the second story of the house. 

Large-print formats of park information and brochures are available.