Tour Schedule - Trinity Episcopal Church

Tour Schedule - Trinity Episcopal Church

Knight/Wefing House

16 th Annual Apalachicola

May 3, 2008

Tour Schedule

9:30am-3pm Registration, Information & Ticket

Sales, Trinity Episcopal Church

9:30am -2pm Silent Auction, Trinity Church

10am-4pm Tour: Historic Homes, Businesses,

and Churches

11am-1pm Lunch Served, Trinity Parish Hall

Noon-3pm Tour: Witherspoon Inn, Coombs

Inn & Apalachicola Historical Inn

Noon-4pm Tour: Knight/Wefing House

Lunch $10 - Tour Tickets: $18

Info/Tickets: Trinity Church (850) 653-9550

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce (850) 653-9419

Artemis Gallery

Grady Market

Sara Batson

Apalachicola Ace Hardware

Riverside Construction, Inc.

Downtownn Books, LLC

Bobby James Roofing, Inc.

The Gibson Inn

Lulu’s Sweet Expectations

Prudential Resort Realty

Dr. & Mrs. Willis Kennedy

The Tin Shed

Shaun Donahoe Real Estate


Barry and Virginia Lawson

Coastal Community Bank

Gulf State Bank

W.K. Sanders Construction,


St. George Island Vacation


Wheelhouse Restaurant

Garlick Environmental


Alice Jean Gallery

Apalachicola Historical Inn

Marks Insurance

Bay City Lodge

Seahorse Gifts & Florist

Forgotten Coast Lighting

Charley and Carrie Kienzle

JoeBay Aerials

Dot Hill

George & Bella Rudo


Trinity Pillar Program

PILLAR: a strong vertical support.

It is from this definition that we drew the inspiration for

our “Pillar Program”. Our church, Trinity, relies on

community Businesses, as well as individuals, to provide

the support needed to preserve our historic buildings.

Due to your generous support, future generations will

enjoy these historic Apalachicola treasures. Thank you

for participating!

2008 Pillar Members

The Trinity Episcopal Church family greatly appreciates the

generosity of the 2008 “Pillar Members”. The “Pillars”

continued civic enthusiasm and support help make this annual

tour a successful community event.

Bay Media Services

Apalachicola Bay Chamber

of Commerce

Franklin County Tourist

Development Council

Caty Greene

Don & Lari Murry

Bill Spohrer and Lynn Wilson

Coombs House Inn

Debbie Hooper Photography

Dr. Helen Tudor

Collins Vacation Rentals,


Bluewater Realty of Gulf

County, LLC

Gary Ulrich Construction,


Blue/Avenue E

Gulfside IGA

Alternative Electric

Cook Insurance

Fickling & Company

Laura Moody

Ponder’s Consultative


Jim & Geri Anderson

The Frame Shop

Jeff Galloway Real Estate

Leavins Seafood, Inc.

Farnsley Financial

Consultants, LLC

Piggly Wiggly

Home Adventures

Betty & Ron Bence

To Historic Tour Visitors

Welcome to Apalachicola

and the 16th Annual Historic Home Tour.

Please extend every courtesy to the home owners

who generously opened their private homes for

the tour.

• The featured home, “Knight/Wefing House”, will be

opened for touring from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Guests are

not admitted before or after these hours.

• The additional private historic homes are open for touring

between 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Guests are not admitted

before or after these hours.

• Please refrain from touching walls, art and furnishings.

Please supervise children at all times. Please do not open

closet doors, drawers, sit on sofas or use restrooms. Restroom

facilities are available at Trinity Church.

The “Historic Home Tour” volunteers are here to assist you.

Enjoy your visit!

Silent Auction

The Tour of Homes, “Silent Auction”, will be held Saturday,

May 3rd from 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The auction items

will be on display at the tour registration area. The registration

area will be under a tent on the church grounds. All

bids will be kept in sealed envelopes throughout the

auction. The winners will be announced at 2:00 p.m.

A few of the auction items are as follows:

*1930s Burled Mahogany Zenith Radio

*1900s Chippendale Chair

*Signed Apalachicola Photographs, by Debbie Hooper

*Large Pottery Sealife Motif Tray, by Geri Anderson

*Antique Japanese “China Tea Service”

*Antique Organ Pipes

*Artist Painted, Paned Windows from Benedict Hall


Historic Churches

Trinity Episcopal Church

79 Sixth Street

The history of Apalachicola and Trinity Church are closely interwoven.

First incorporated in 1829 as West Point, the young seaport

became Apalachicola in 1831 and the seat of Franklin County

in 1832. In 1838, the white pine church building, cut to measure and

assembled in sections in White Plains, New York, traveled by schooner

to Apalachicola. Trinity Church, believed to be the sixth oldest

in Florida, is the second oldest still holding services—169 years. The

church building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The ornately hand stenciled ceiling is original.

The Henry Erben tracker organ, an extraordinary instrument, was

installed in the 1840s. In the 1920s Trinity purchased the Pilcher

organ. In 2000, the Ruhland organ replaced the Pilcher; however,

the Erben organ is still in use frequently. Reverend Martha Harris

is the Vicar.

First United Methodist Church

75 Fifth Street

Before 1846, the congregation shared Trinity Episcopal Church or

met in members’ homes. In 1900, the original 1846 building caught

fire from flames that started next door in the manse and destroyed the

church building and over 70 other structures in downtown Apalachicola.

In 1901, the congregation built the distinctive building in use

today. The Pastor is the Reverend Themo Patriotis.


Historic Churches

First Baptist Church

46 Ninth Street

On December 18, 1848, ten members gathered with “Brothers” from

Gadsden and Jackson counties and constituted a church in Apalachicola.

In 1850, the new members built the First Baptist Church on the

corner of Sixth Street and Avenue H. The congregation reorganized

in 1885 and made extensive repairs to the original building. In 1902,

under the name Calvary Baptist Church, the congregation built the

building at the present location. In 1910, they installed electric lights

at a cost of $20. In 1912, they built the first “pastorium”. In 1934,

church members voted to change the name back to the First Baptist

Church. Members established the First Baptist Christian School in

1984 and completed the new school building in 1997. Reverend Bill

Plazarin is the Pastor.

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church

27 Sixth Street

In 1845, Father Timothy Birmingham organized the congregation.

The original church, which served a number of Irish, Italian and other

families, was an ornate wooden structure with elaborate interior stencil

work. The present Romanesque building dates from 1929. Members

appreciate that the architecture is a “successful attempt at relating to

the Mediterranean origin of many of the parishioners when the church

was built and to the Spanish origin of Christianity in this state and

county.” Members also see this architecture as tying back to the Roman

Basilicas and Roman Halls of Justice used by early Christians. Father

Roger Latosynski is the pastor.


Historic Homes


84 Avenue D

A millwright at the Apalachicola Lumber Co., G. A. Campbell

had this house built about 1888. This Five Bay Classic

Revival Cottage is a much more sophisticated version of this

city’s vernacular architecture. Legend says there was a wing,

since removed, that served as a marine hospital. However,

the second floor bedroom and bathroom plans of the house

suggests this was used as a hospital and not an addition. By

the mid 1850s, newer homes were being designed with separate

bathrooms. Current owners, Linda and Charles Bianco

are delighted the former owners did most of the restorations.


104 Avenue C

Built from recycled material in 1996, 90% of this house dates

from the 1800s. Bead board walls, heart pine floors, wood

ceilings, most windows and even the 12 x 12 sill boards were

hand carried to their new site. New materials include fireplace

surrounds, several windows, and brick piers. Furnished

with collected antiques and family heirlooms, it is an excellent

example of “living small” .


Historic Homes


54 Fifteenth Street

This typical 1½ story Gothic Revival house has been lovingly restored

and reflects the owners’ touches; truly an artists’ cottage.

Beaded wood ceilings, beaded wood walls and wood floors are typical

of the era and have seen extensive renovations. Some of the

wood in the house is said to have been from the old high school.

Besides lots of sanding, caulking, and painting, the current owners

Amy and Andrew Friedman, have installed new plumbing, electrical

and heating systems. A standard staircase now leads to the

second floor, instead of a rope ladder. George Marshall, the most

prominent contractor in Apalachicola, built this double-cross-gable

house as his own residence in 1887. It was later owned by the Richard

B. Porter family.


163 Avenue B

This home is typical of the late Victorian “Queen Anne” style. It is massively

framed from heart pine and cypress and the interior is noteworthy for its

craftsmanship. It has quarter-sawn heart pine floors, burl pine door casings

and beaded tongue-in-groove paneling, which was recently exposed from

beneath many layers of old paint and wallpaper. The deep ceiling moldings

and alternating cypress and oak wainscot panels continue from the first floor

up the central staircase. It is believed the house was built in 1895 and altered

by George F. Wefing when he acquired the house at auction in 1902. Wefing

added the two story bathroom extension and changed the layout of the staircase,

which originally went straight up to the second floor. The original floor

plan was identical on both levels, with central and side hallways separating

the rooms. Present owners, John and Christine Knight, have recently completed

a lengthy renovation of the house, restoring much of its architectural

integrity, while adding modern amenities.


Historic Homes


15 Thirteenth Street

Construction of this Queen Anne style home was started in

1893 by builders George and John Marshall for August Mohr.

The house features a wrap around porch on three sides with

a curved Roof and balustrade. Constructed of heart pine and

black cypress the dramatic cypress circular staircase and tower

were designed by Mrs. Alice Mohr. Anna Riscilli purchased

the home in the 1920s and named it Villa Rosa. A small

cigar factory was said to operate in an outbuilding. Noted

noveist, Alexander Key, and his historian wife, Margaret,

became owners in the late 1930s. Gregory & Sally Leach

purchased the house in 1998 and have been in the process of

restoring the house to its original beauty.


140 Avenue C

Believed to have been built in 1935 by Herbert Marshall,

this one story bungalow has known many renters and owners

over the years. The bungalow style building is unpretentious

having been primarily designed for simplicity in living. The

current owners purchased the house in 1995 and have made

many renovations.


Historic Homes


32 Avenue D

According to the 1860 census, Thomas Orman (1799-1880),

a prominent merchant, owned lots in 22 downtown blocks,

including extensive wharf space. This building is among the

“contributing” structures of downtown, meaning those built

between the 1830s and the early 1900s, (the city’s two

prosperous economic periods.) Constructed of hand-fired

brick and tabby mortar (lime, sand, oyster shell and water);

exterior stucco probably applied in 1920-1930. It has an

irregular perimeter in front designed to match the 135-degree

angle created by the meeting of Market St. and Ave. D

intersection, creating a unique physical appearance with

eastside measuring 95 feet and west at 80. The upstairs

residence may be reached at the entrance on Avenue D.


2 Twelfth Street at Bay Avenue

Constructed between 1884-1887, the Rice house is a typical example

of the Three Bay Classic Revival Cottage architecture. This

was the most common type of dwelling built in Apalachicola during

the 19th century. Records fail to show whether the house was built

on the current site. Some say the cottage was moved from another

location in Apalachicola while others maintain this is the original

site. Regardless of the debate, during 1910, S.E. Rice purchased

the property on which the cottage currently stands and it remained

in the Rice family until 1942. Over the next 60 years, the Rice

house changed hands eleven times. The most recent owner Edith

Edwards, sold the house to Gregory and Sally Leach in 2003.


Historic Homes


161 Avenue C

Probably better known as the house with the gigantic live

oak, this two story Colonial Revival house was built in 1910.

This was a return to classical architectural styles and became

a standard type in the 20th century. The current owners have

put their stamp on this lovely Florida home which is filled

with family antiques and 30 years of collecting. Previous

owners had refinished the wood walls, ceilings and floors, but

there are still details that will keep the owners occupied for

some time. This challenge will be ably met by Martha Elliott,

an interior designer and her husband, Bob Roylance, a building



29 Myrtle Avenue

In the 1930s, Alfonzo Felder, superintendent of Sheip Lumber

Mill, hand picked the tongue and groove cypress and heart pine

and built this charming cottage. In the 1960s, Shirley and Don

Lanier purchased the two-acre property and built a brick house

closer to the bay. When the larger house was complete, the Laniers

sold the Felder cottage to Ben and Faye Sharit who moved

the cottage to its present location. In 2002, Vicki and Bob Sayle

purchased the cottage and have been carefully restoring the

beautiful wood ceilings, walls, and flooring in the house, they are

beginning work on the gardens.


Historic Homes


115 Avenue B

Built in the mid to late 1800s this house has been altered

from a 1½ story Georgian Plan with an iron gable roof to hip

roof. Original parts include heart pine floors, wood ceilings

and walls, plus four fireplaces. Typical of the era, the original

house had a wide central hall with two rooms on each side.

Current owners, Julie and “Skip” Shiver have spent considerable

time and energy in paint removal, caulking, plus painstaking

attention to maintaining and enhancing the architectural

details. Additions include a balcony (overlooking the

Bay), completing a wrap-around porch, leaded glass doors,

fencing, extensive landscaping, and much more.

The Travelin’ House

110 Dr. Frederick Humphries Street

This building has certainly earned the name of “Travelin’ House”.

Probably built at the turn of the century, the first known house site

was at the corner of Avenue C and Fourth Street, now home of

Dodd Title. It was moved to its current location from West Highway

98. Now almost completely reconstructed, it sports twin gables for

the upstairs master bedroom and bath plus four walk-in closets and

two linen closets. Exterior siding was removed, insulation added,

and finished with Hardie Board. Heart pine floors, wood ceilings

and beaded wainscot have been refinished and a completely new

kitchen with granite countertops brings a complete blend of old and



Historic Inns

Apalachicola Historical Inn

145 Avenue E

Built in the 1890s, this inn has long been known as the Floyd

House. This structure combines the Queen Anne and Free

Classic styles of architecture. It is constructed of cypress and

is reflective of the style built during Apalachicola’s cypress

boom days. First converted to a bed and breakfast in the late

1980s, it was named the Oleander House and later the Camellia

Inn. In the 1990s, the building was used for business

offices and is now again an inn.

Coombs House Inn at 80 Sixth Street

Coombs House Inn East on Fifth Street

Built in 1905 by Maine native, James N. Coombs, it was

considered the most elegant residence in Apalachicola. Mr.

Coombs was a partner in several lumber companies before

setting up his own firm. He turned down his party’s nomination

for Governor in 1900 and was briefly promoted as candidate

for the U.S. vice-presidency in 1908.

The Inn East is known locally as the Marks House, built in

1903, it was completely renovated by world-renowned commercial

interior designer Lynn Wilson Spohrer and her husband

Bill. Lynn’s works have been featured in Architectural

Digest and many other design publications. She has filled

both inns with period antiques.


Historic Inns

The Gibson Inn

57 Market Street

Built in 1907, this downtown landmark was renovated in

1985, and led many new businessmen to make major renovations

to neglected, but profitable older buildings. Formerly

known as the Franklin Hotel, the Gibson was built by James

Fulton “Jeff” Buck, a native of South Carolina. It was built as

a hotel and was never a private residence. This is one of the

few inns on the Federal Register of Historic Places that is still

operating as a full service facility.

Witherspoon Inn

92 Fifth Street

This historic restoration was built in 1871 for the Witherspoon

family of Apalachicola. Constructed of heart pine, it

features a central vaulted entrance hall, which also serves as

an art gallery. This property was purchased in 1997 by Ken

and Sandra Kenniston. Sandra decorated the interior to create

a contemporary retreat with casual elegance and comfort.

There are neither TVs nor telephones.


Of Historic Interest

...A Walking Tour

Chestnut Street Cemetery is

a significant cemetery of the Gulf

Coast. The funerary art reflects the

religious beliefs and burial traditions

of those who settled in this port city

and offers information about trade

patterns, the art of stone carving

and the ethnic diversity of the

area. Avenue E between Sixth and

Eighth Streets.

Sponge Exchange, built in

1840, is one of two original sponge

warehouses. By 1895, over 100

men made their living locally in

the sponge trade. Avenue E and


Cotton Exchange. Built in 1837 by the Apalachicola Land

Company, it is one of only two out of 40 of these structures that

once lined the riverfront. All were originally 30 foot wide, three

story buildings of brick and granite. Completely restored by Lynn

Wilson, the Cotton Exchange will be the site of a reception following

the tour at 5 p.m. featuring noted Tallahassee preservationist

Juanita Whiddon.

Cotton Exchange

The Grady Building, originally built in the 1880’s, was rebuilt

in 1900 after the fire that destroyed most of downtown. The J. E.

Grady & Co served as ship chandlers and merchants especially supplying

the cargo ships and steamboats at the Water Street docks.

Grady family descendants restored the building in 1985 which is

now The Grady Market. The second floor once housed the offices of

the Captain of the Port, U.S. Customs and The French Consulate,

overseer of the interests

of French

citizens who shipped

timber and other

goods. The second

floor is now luxury,

vacation suites. 76

Water Street. Owned

by Lee Willis.


Grady Market/Consulate

The O.E. Cone Building was also a victim of the turn of the

1900 fire which destroyed over 70 structures. Mr. Cone, rebuilt

the building that same year and reopened his barbershop and laundry.

In the 1930’s, the building housed a restaurant. The building

now houses Downtown Books and Purl. 67 Commerce Street

The Orman House

State Park 177 Fifth

Street. Built in 1838 by

Thomas Orman, a cotton

commission merchant,

the wood for this home

was cut to measure in

New York and shipped to

Apalachicola during the

early 1800s where it was

assembled on the high

bluff overlooking the broad estuary and bay of the Apalachicola

River. The house features details of both the Federal and Greek

Revival styles: wide heart pine floorboards, wooded mantelpieces,

and molded plaster cornices. Some of the framework is heavy cypress

tree trunks held together with large maritime hawsers and

wooden pegs. Sparsely furnished for several years, the museum

now contains many lovely antiques and will have Mrs. Thomas

Orman’s Haviland china on public display. Admission is free to

tour participants on Tour Day.

Fort Coombs Armory, constructed between 1901 and 1905,

is said to be the oldest building continuously used by a National

Guard Company in the U.S. The Franklin Guards were the first

to use the structure. The Armory is also the site of community

events--meetings, parties, receptions and proms. Avenue D and

Fourth Street

The John Gorrie State Museum, Sixth Street at Gorrie

Square. A replica of the first ice machine is located here. First

patented in 1851, the original machine is located in the Smithsonian.

It would later become the basis for the ice industry and airconditioning.

Dr. Gorrie is one of two Floridians selected to represent

Florida in Statuary Hall of the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

A group of local citizens have been working on having the U.S.

Postal Service honor Dr. Gorrie with a commemorative stamp. His

grave is located across the street from the Museum. Admission is

free to tour participants on Tour Day.

Raney House Museum, Market Street at Avenue F.

David Greenway Raney and his wife Harriet, native Virginians,

built this stately Greek Revival house in 1836 (believed until recently

it had been built in 1838). Raney, a successful cotton commission

merchant was one of the city’s earliest leaders and was

instrumental in the founding of Trinity Episcopal church, in starting

a theatre for traveling troupes, and in building a racetrack. The

house was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes in

1972 and was purchased

by the City of Apalachicola

in 1973. Renovations

in 1999 costing over

$300,000 were made possible

by the Florida State

Bureau of Historic Preservation

and the Apalachicola

Area Historical

Society. The museum is

leased to the Society and

Orman House State Park

Raney House

they have kept the furnishings in close keeping with styles of the

era, many from the 1840s.



The Trinity Church family resoundingly thanks our

gracious neighbors who invite tour participants to enter

and enjoy their carefully restored, historic homes, Inns

and churches. Without their generosity and community

pride there would be no tour.

First, thanks to the many people who have devoted

their efforts through the year. Thanks as well to the home

greeters under the astute guidance of T. McLain.

Thanks to Laura Moody on her researching of the

history of many of the historic homes on the tour and for

helping with the production of the tour guide and map.

Thanks to Debbie Hooper, tour photographer. Debbie

is a creative photographer whose original photo note

cards and custom matted prints are available through the

Panhandle. Thanks to John Hooper for developing the

home tour map.

The silent auction has been a wonderful addition to

the tour. Thanks to Geri Anderson for her inspiration

and hard work in coordinating.

Thanks to Ruth Young for her charming “Did You

Know?” columns in the Bay View, and for her always

gentle giving spirit.

Thanks to Myra Ponder for her diligent work on the

ticket production.

Thanks to the Episcopal Church Women and most

especially George and Bella Rudo for hosting the tour


Thanks to the Tourism Development Council, for

their generous support in providing the grant for 2008.

Thanks to Willoughby Marshall for sharing his

wisdom in the Friday evening lecture “History of Apalachicola


Thank you to Cindy Clark, owner of Bay Media Services,

who designed and produced the poster, rack cards,

booklet and marketing pieces for the tour.

Thank you to Anita Grove and the staff of the

Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber and to Joe Taylor, owner

of Blue and Avenue E for the promotion and ticket sales

of our tour.

Thanks finally to all the committee members for their

tireless efforts in making this event possible and especially

to Rev. Martha Harris for her guidance.

Lynn Wilson and Carrie Kienzle

2008 Tour Co-Chairmen

Trinity Episcopal Church

79 6th Street – P. O. Box 667 Apalachicola, FL 32329-0667

The Reverend Martha Harris, Vicar

The Right Reverend Philip M. Duncan, II, Bishop

Purchaser of ticket agrees to hold harmless Trinity Episcopal Church,

Apalachicola and the owners of all structures on the tour for any bodily

injury. Further, that Trinity Episcopal Church shall be held harmless from

any property damage.

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