|John Gorrie Museum State Park|
Dr. Gorrie came to Florida from South Carolina in around 1833, stopping first in Jackson County before moving on down to Apalachicola. He was a prominent figure in the city's early days, serving as mayor, director for a bank branch, postmaster and as one of the founders of Trinity Episcopal Church. His primary profession, however, was the practice of medicine and it was this work that led to his remarkable invention - a machine that made ice.
|Replica of Gorrie's Machine|
Eventually, he built a machine that stunned the residents of Apalachicola. Not only could it cool the air, it worked so well that it also made large amounts of ice. Gorrie was granted the first U.S. patent for a mechanical refrigeration process in 1851.
To learn more about the remarkable doctor and his remarkable machine, please visit www.exploresouthernhistory.com/gorriemuseum.