Dr. John Gorrie Statue
John Gorrie Museum State Park
Ice Machine
Florida Inventors Hall of Fame Medal
John Gorrie Historic Marker
John Gorrie's gravesite
John Gorrie Museum ice sculpture
Ship's wheel
Statue of Dr. John Gorrie
The entrance to the John Gorrie Museum State Park
A replica of John Gorrie’s ice machine
Florida Inventor of the Year Medallion
Historical plaque that describes Dr. Gorrie’s history and accomplishments
Granite gravestones that sit in Gorrie Square
An ice sculpture that says John Gorrie Museum
A five foot tall wooden ship’s wheel

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John Gorrie Museum State Park

Welcome to John Gorrie Museum State Park

A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie served as postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and bank director. Concern for his yellow fever patients motivated Gorrie to invent a method for cooling their rooms. He became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a machine that made ice, and received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. A replica of his ice-making machine is on display at the museum, as well as exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola, which played an important role in Florida's economic development.

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