John Gorrie Museum State Park
Welcome to John Gorrie Museum State Park
A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1830s when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie was deeply involved in his adopted community serving as postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and bank director. By 1841, concern for his yellow fever patients motivated Gorrie to invent a method for cooling their sick rooms. He became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a mechanical device that produced ice. Dr. Gorrie received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. Today, a replica of his ice-making machine and other Gorrie artifacts are on display at the museum. We are also proud to showcase temporary exhibits chronicling the history of The Florida Park Service, which plays a vital role in preserving and interpreting the “Real Florida”!
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