Interpretive Sign Project

Interpretative Signage Project

In 2012, the City began erecting interpretative displays and historic markers in Apalachicola’s  Historic District. The purpose of the markers was to “inform walking tourists and residents alike as to the historical background of the city.” There are currently eight interpretative displays along the City’s waterfront and two historical markers on two City-owned buildings along Water Street.

The City of Apalachicola invites you to apply for an historic marker for your property.  Working with Apalachicola Historical Society history experts, a compilation of historic research on your property will be conducted and a draft of the marker text created. We encourage local residents to participate in this preservation program that provides continuous education of Apalachicola’s history and architecture. For more information on the Historic Markers Program please contact the city community development office at 850-653-1522.

The  markers would be made available to homeowners at cost plus a small donation to the Society. The marker text would be approved by the City and the homeowner will be required to keep the marker in good repair.

To educate the general public about Apalachicola’s significant buildings, structures, and objects, as well as outstanding events and people involved in local, state, and/or national history.

Eligibility Criteria:
Structures or sites at least 100 years old that possess architectural and historic integrity and that are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of our history; that are associated with the lives of persons significant in our past; or that embody the distinctive characteristics of a type, period, or method of construction or that represents the work of a master, or that posses high artistic values or that represents a significant and distinguishable entity whose components may lack individual distinction; or that have yield or may be likely to yield information important in prehistory or history.

Application Process:

  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to submit documented proof that a property meets Historic Marker criteria. In addition to these sources, family bibles, deeds, maps, and original family histories are all great sources of information.
  • Applicant may submit a preliminary draft of historic marker text or ask the City to write the text. Text should be a maximum of 400 words (no more than 1 typed page).
  • Historic Marker text is reviewed for approval by the City staff and will be edited to organization standards.

Cost shall be paid by the applicant after the Historic Marker text is approved and before the marker is manufactured. Marker cost is $1000.00.