Apalachicola Arsenal

Apalachicola Arsenal (HM1IC9)

Location: Chattahoochee, FL 32324 Gadsden County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 42.388', W 84° 50.311'

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Officers Quarters and Guard Room

The Apalachicola Arsenal, originally known as the Mt. Vernon Arsenal, was built was built by the United States Army and served as an arms depot during the Second Seminole Indian War. Construction began in 1832, and was completed in 1839. The original compound consisted of nine buildings in a 400 ft. by 400 ft. quadrangle behind 12-foot high, 30-inch-thick perimeter wall, plus the outbuildings. The U.S. Army maintained the arsenal until 1861, when it was taken over by Confederate troops. Following the Civil War, the arsenal was used by the Freedman's Bureau until 1868, and then as the state's first penitentiary. In 1876, it became the first mental health hospital in Florida.
This structure incorporates three of the arsenal's original buildings: an office, guard room, and officers quarters. It later served as the hospital administrator's residence. The building features a two-story gallery ornamented by decorative brackets. Although portions of the gallery have been enclosed, the building retains much of its imposing historic appearance. Segments of the original perimeter wall are visible at both ends of this building.
A Florida Heritage Landmark
HM NumberHM1IC9
Marker NumberF-810
Year Placed2014
Placed ByFlorida State Hospital The Department of Children and Families and the Florida Department of State
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, December 12th, 2014 at 9:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 707001 N 3399066
Decimal Degrees30.70646667, -84.83851667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 42.388', W 84° 50.311'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 42' 23.28" N, 84° 50' 18.66" W
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Area Code(s)850, 229
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Holly Dr, Chattahoochee FL 32324, US
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