What if the homes in Apalachicola may speak? What tales would they inform?
The Apalachicola Area Historical Society invitations you to return discover out by viewing storyboards posted in entrance of about 30 properties and companies between Might 2 and Might 15, 2021.
The storyboards, created by property homeowners, inform tales of previous residents, neighborhood occasions and personalities, and historic information.
Maps for the If This Home Might Speak occasion will probably be out there in mid-April on the historic society’s web site (aahs.wildapricot.org) and Fb web page in addition to on the Raney Home at 128 Market Avenue and the Flatauer Home at 73 Avenue E. Observe the map to storyboard areas throughout city.
To whet appetites for this occasion, we’ve profiled the home at 34 sixteenth Avenue. It’s a beautiful, two-story Queen Anne-style house in-built 1902 by William Lenholf Marshall, brother of the extra well-known native builders, George and John Marshall, who got here right here from Baltimore.
The home on sixteenth Avenue
Within the late Nineties, William (1873-1957) met his future spouse, Grace Spiller of Tallahassee, on an outing they each attended at Lanark Village.
Grace was accompanied by her fiancé, Edward Burdine, however the day ended badly for Mr. Burdine: Grace returned her engagement ring to him on the practice again to Tallahassee as a result of she had fallen head-over-heels in love with Will Marshall and knew that he would grow to be her husband.
Will and Grace courted for 3 years, with Will travelling by steamboat to and from Carrabelle the place Grace, a graduate of Florida State Seminary, had a job educating youngsters. Throughout their courtship, Will was constructing a grand house on the nook of sixteenth and Avenue B and – with scraps and leftover inventory from that job – he constructed a house for Grace and himself subsequent door at #34.
The couple married on Might 29, 1901 and shortly took up residence of their new home. Their first little one, Lenholf (“Skinny”) Marshall was born in 1902 and, as a tribute to him, Will constructed the baptismal font at Trinity Episcopal Church the place he and Grace had been members.
Will helped his brothers with their quite a few development tasks within the metropolis, and he constructed an aesthetic schooner with workboat origins which he named “Grace.” Quickly, although, Grace Marshall felt the pull of her hometown, and – promoting their house to Will’s brother Richard, one more carpenter/contractor — she and Will moved completely to Tallahassee the place he once more constructed a home for his household.
Will turned a Grasp Mason in 1917, a 25-year member of the Kiwanis, mayor of Tallahassee in 1932, and the daddy of three extra youngsters.
Not a lot is thought about #34 till 1957 when a pair from Virginia offered it to S.B. Henderson, a plumber, and his spouse, Thelma, who in flip offered it to Bobby and Valerie Miller in 1972.
Subsequent 12 months will mark the Millers’ fiftieth anniversary of residing there. As soon as, when Bobby was making some repairs to the within of the home, he discovered a board from the fireside mantel with “W.L. Marshall, 1902” scrawled throughout the again of it.
Requested about any uncommon experiences that they could have had in the home, Valerie tells in regards to the time she was vacuuming upstairs and thought she heard a door slam downstairs. Figuring it was her husband, she stored on vacuuming after which, in simply the period of time it could take Bobby to rise up the steps, she felt a heat hand on her shoulder.
Pondering to offer him a fright, she whipped round and set free a yell, however there was nobody there. Valerie has additionally heard footsteps in the home whereas she’s been exterior gardening, and each she and Bobby say it’s commonplace for them to listen to doorways closing. Valerie additionally typically sees a shadow passing shortly by.
However neither one in every of them thinks a lot of those occurrences anymore. “It’s simply Thelma visiting once more,” says Bobby.
The fireplace and graves subsequent door
If #34 sixteenth Avenue may speak, it could certainly inform about its neighbor, Miss Wright, and the home she lived in. She was an eccentric, however easy-going and affable girl who wore winter garments all 12 months spherical. Very frugal, she at all times shopped at yard gross sales, though she was apparently fairly nicely off.
She taught at Chapman and was, for some time, the very best paid trainer in Franklin County. Her home was elegant with a curved porch, shaded by stay oaks, that ignored the bay. It had a widow’s stroll and ornamental shingles, and its entrance door featured a stupendous etched glass window that was as soon as a part of Will and Grace’s home. Miss Wright died at age 90, simply after the brand new millennium.
Round 2008, as Bobby was coming house in the future, he smelled fats lighter and, wanting up, noticed smoke pouring out of Miss Wright’s home. The fireplace division arrived solely to find that the closest fireplace hydrant wasn’t working. By the point they lastly received water to the scene, the home was enveloped in flames and it burned to the bottom.
Misplaced within the fireplace additionally had been the seven or eight huge stay oaks that graced the nook. The lot stays vacant immediately.
Bobby and Valerie have at all times been instructed that each their property and Miss Wright’s had been as soon as a part of a cemetery and, in actual fact, Louise Wright discovered two graves on her lot, one belonging to a child, and one other grave was unearthed just a few doorways to the east on Avenue B.
These discoveries stand to cause since close by Lafayette Park is the positioning of Apalachicola’s first cemetery, however all of the graves there have been ultimately moved.
A decade of Halloween hauntings
If #34 sixteenth Avenue may speak, its most fun story is perhaps of the last decade it was “haunted” each Halloween by Bobby and Valerie. Each October, the couple would spend per week or extra with assist from pals, like Chuck Marks and Mark and Ida Elliott, readying the home for trick or treaters who, because the years glided by, grew bigger and bigger in quantity.
They draped the fence across the yard with branches, palm fronds, and Spanish moss to make the place look deserted, they usually wrapped the skin of the home with a large roll of paper from the Port St. Joe paper plant on which Eastpoint artist Lamar Mitchell painted scary scenes. Life-like spiders, bats and cobwebs hung from the ceiling.
The yard was transformed right into a cemetery with transferring headstones and waving fingers, achieved by attaching them to cables hooked as much as an previous windshield wiper operated by a 12-volt battery. A black mild beneath the porch beamed onto the gravestones.
On the roof, a witch slid down a cable, bumping loudly on the gutter as she hit it together with her boots, to spook incoming guests who had been already jumpy from the ear-piercing noise and gust of chilly air coming from the air hose Bobby had positioned on the entrance gate. On the porch, Ida Elliott stirred dry ice in a cauldron.
Yearly, Bobby received a casket from funeral house proprietor Andy Middlebrooks, and Terry Nobles, the music trainer at Chapman Elementary Faculty, performed as much as seem like a vampire, would lie within the casket and periodically increase himself to sitting place, giving guests the evil eye.
Bobby Siprell, dressed to seem like Frankenstein, stood in a nook of the backyard, and a ghost floated backwards and forwards throughout the road. Inventive use was fabricated from lighting and motorized particular results, due to Bobby Miller’s ingenuity.
Kids, teenagers, and adults flocked from throughout city to the haunted home. In reality, so many individuals got here that it was nearly unattainable to discover a parking area between 98 and Avenue B. Kids would run from the home screaming in terror, and it made such an impression on some that there are grown folks alive immediately who gained’t come close to the home as a result of they’re satisfied it’s haunted.
For extra tales about different Apalachicola homes and companies, take the self-guided tour, Might 2-Might 15. Properties can’t be entered, however storyboards will probably be posted out in entrance in any respect taking part areas.
Pam Richardson is a member of the board of administrators of the Apalachicola Space Historic Society and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donia Smith is the great-granddaughter of William and Grace Marshall and may be reached at email@example.com.
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Self Guided Tour
What: Apalachicola Area Historical Society‘s If This Home Might Speak
When: Might 2-15
The place: Apalachicola
Particulars: Go to aahs.wildapricot.org or the Raney Home at 128 Market Avenue and the Flatauer Home at 73 Avenue E. Observe the map to storyboard areas throughout city. For extra data, name the historic society at 850-653-1700.