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Interpretative Signage

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 city's historical background. 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 a 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 on Apalachicola’s history and architecture.

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 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 possess 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

  • Print out and complete the application form and submit the request to the City.
  • The applicant’s responsibility is 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.
  • The applicant may submit a preliminary draft of historic marker text or ask the City to write the text. The text should be a maximum of 400 words (no more than one typed page).
  • Historic Marker text is reviewed for approval by the City staff and edited to organization standards.


The applicant shall pay the cost after the Historic Marker text is approved and before the marker is manufactured. The marker cost is $1,000.