Chestnut Street Cemetery of Early Apalachicola

[Old City Graveyard]


[Information transcribed from the photo above, a sign erected by The Apalachicola Historical Society]

“Chestnut Street Cemetery dates prior to 1831. Interred are some of Apalachicola’s founders and molders of her colorful history. Also buried here are many soldiers of the Confederacy and victims of yellow fever and shipwrecks. Seven of the Confederate veterans served with Pickett at Gettysburg in the gallant Florida Brigade.
World famed botanist, Dr. Alvin Wentworth Chapman, of Apalachicola died in 1899, and is interred here beside the grave of his wife.

Sponsored by the Apalachicola Historical Society
in cooperation with Department of State, Bureau
of Historic Preservation [,] 1970″


The oldest tombstone dates from 1831, but it is quite possible that the cemetery was in use before that date. Wooden markers have disappeared over the years.

A walk through Chestnut Cemetery is in reality a remarkable walk back through time. Key figures of Southern history are buried there and the inscriptions on the tombs of others whose names have been forgotten illuminate the past. [Other] graves tell of drownings and deaths from cholera accidents. One monument was placed by a steamboat company in 1860 to memorialize an employee who died in a tragic accident aboard the paddlewheel boat John C. Calhoun.

…in the cemetery rest victims of fevers, including the notorious “Yellow Jack” or yellow fever that ravaged the Gulf Coast in the 1840s. The fever was so deadly that it assured the end of the nearby city of St. Joseph, one-time rival to Apalachicola.

For more information on this historic site and those who have been interred therein, please visit the site mentioned above.

The history of Apalachicola is incredibly colorful, and being a coastal site, the sea air gives further ambience to the area. This cemetery is a pleasure to walk through, and it is open during daylight hours to the public.



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