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John Gorrie Museum State Park

46 Sixth St.; off U.S. 98, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 USA

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Opens Sun 9a

“19th century pioneer of refrigeration”

A young physician named John Gorrie moved to Apalachicola in the early 1800's when it was a prominent port of trade, commerce, and shipping in Florida. Gorrie served as postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and bank director. Concern for his yellow fever patients motivated Gorrie to invent a method for cooling their rooms. He became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration by inventing a machine that made ice, and received the first U.S. Patent for mechanical refrigeration in 1851. A replica of his ice-making machine is on display at the museum, as well as exhibits chronicling the colorful history of Apalachicola, which played an important role in Florida's economic development.

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John Gorrie Museum State Park

46 Sixth St.; off U.S. 98
Apalachicola, Florida
32320 USA

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  • Sun: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Tue, Thu - Sat: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Mon, Wed: 10:00 am - 12:00 am

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