The Historic Apalachicola Main Street Program has undertaken another beneficial project to better direct the flow of both pedestrian and vehicular traffic to businesses located throughout the downtown area.
The Main Street Program works in partnership with the City of Apalachicola to lead revitalization and historic preservation efforts in the downtown district. This morning March 27, 2017, the program installed a directional sign in the Bowery district, on the corner of Commerce Street and Avenue F. One of several slated for installation in downtown Apalachicola.
The sign was created by Fred Eubanks Custom Ornamental Ironwork of Thomasville, Georgia. Fred and his assistant Mitchell Barrs made the sign unique with accents such as nautical rope and boats created from iron. The shrimp boat silhouette was created using a photo of the Buddy’s Boys, provided by local resident T.J. Ward.
The sailing ship was created using a painting of the Montezuma, which shipped cotton from the port of Apalachicola. The weatherproof vinyl lettering was done by Sign Design in Eastpoint, and can be easily updated as businesses change.
The goal of Historic Apalachicola Main Street is to install a few more of these signs in the downtown district to help visitors find restaurants, shops, points of interest, etc. Each sign will have unique ironwork that pays tribute to the maritime past and present of the Historic City of Apalachicola.
Special thanks to the City of Apalachicola and City staffers, Greg and Johnny Harris for their assistance in the installation.