Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Murphy House
The Murphy House sits behind the charming little gate I showed in yesterday's post. The house is part of the Park Avenue Historic District near downtown and dates from around 1836. Built in the Gothic Revival style, prominent early residents included Susan Branch Hopkins, daughter of Florida’s last Territorial Governor, and Dr. George W. Betton, an important early physician in the city. During the post Civil War federal occupation of Tallahassee, Union troops quartered in the house and stabled their horses in the basement. The house has been owned by the Murphy family since 1928. The chimney you see to the right next door belongs to the Wood House, which I will show tomorrow.