Thursday, September 3, 2015
Florida State Hospital
Florida State Hospital is a hospital and mental institution located in Chattahoochee, Florida about 45 miles west of Tallahassee. The facility's property previously served as the Apalachicola Arsenal during the Seminole Wars and the American Civil War, and later became the site of Florida's first state prison. It was subsequently refurbished as a mental hospital, originally known as Florida State Hospital for the Insane, which opened in 1876. The first picture shows the current Administration Building of the hospital, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This building is probably one of the oldest structures of its kind in Florida. The two story brick and wood structure has a full basement, which is very rare for buildings or homes in Florida. It originally served as the Officers' Quarters for the arsenal. You can read about the history of this place on the sign in the second picture or at this link.