John Gorrie Museum State Park


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John Gorrie Museum State Park


Location:On 6th Street in Apalachicola, off US 98.
Facilities:Museum.
Activities:Interpretive exhibits.
Special Features:John Gorrie was a young physician who served as Apalachicola's postmaster, city treasurer, town councilman, and bank director in the early 1800s. Concern for his yellow fever patients led Gorrie to develop a method for cooling their rooms. By inventing a machine that made ice, he became a pioneer in the field of air conditioning and refrigeration and in 1851 received the first US patent for mechanical refrigeration. A replica of his ice-making machine is on display at the museum.
Address:PO Box 267
Apalachicola, FL 32329

Phone:850-653-9347
Web: www.floridastateparks.org/johngorriemuseum
Size: 1 acre.

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