Part A---General Information
Carrabelle is in West Florida, 60 miles southwest
the Gulf of Mexico.
U. S. Highway 319 passes through Carrabelle. Bus
Modern Coach Lines and the McKissack Bus Company.
service is provided by
Air and rail services are
Franklin County had a
belle was 2,357.
population of 8,026 in 1945. The population of Carra-
(From observations at Apalachicola, Florida.)
About 1855, the Picketts migrated from Georgia and South Carolina and became
the first settlers at what is now Carrabelle. In 1862, a Federal gunboat
anchored in the bay and sent a landing party ashore. Local citizens, under
the leadership of Major J. R. Blocker, repulsed the landing and the Federal
troops returned to the gunboat and sailed away. Parlin's sawmill was es-
tablished in 1875. The first school in Carrabelle was built in 1883 and the
first post office was erected in 1886. The railroad from Carrabelle was ex-
tended beyond the Ochlockonee River in 1887 and was later extended to Talla-
hassee, 0. H. Kelley proclaimed himself mayor in 1890 and named the town
Rio Carrabella, after Miss Carrie Hall, his niece and the belle of the town.
6. Maior Sources of Income
Carrabelle's principal sources of income are commercial fishing, sports
fishing and catering to vacationists.
Part B---Recreation and Entertainment
1. Special Events
2. Athletic Events
3. Tourist Clubs
It is on
4. Recreational Clubs
5. Civic Organizations
Chamber of Commerce.
6. Fraternal Organizations
Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star and Woodmen of the World.
7, Organized Entertainment
Dancing at Duffy's Tavern and Jimmy Boone's Place at Carrabelle Beach.
8. Recreational Facilities
Beach swimming two miles west of Carrabelle, boat trips to Dog Island and
Saint George's Island and salt and fresh water fishing are the principal
recreational activities in Carrabelle.
Dove, duck, quail, geese, turkeys, squirrels, deer, and bear are found in this
section. There are unposted hunting grounds in the immediate vicinity.
Hunting lodges are not available. Nick Thompson, Albert Kelley and Pate
Reynolds are not professional hunting guides, but can be employed when a guide
Salt water trout, redfish and sheepshead and fresh water catfish and large-
mouth and smallmouth bass are caught in Carrabelle River and Crooked River,
Fresh water bass, perch and bream are caught in New River. Salt water trout,
redfish, mackeral, bluefish, flounder, mullet, catfish, snapper, grouper,
kingfish and many other species are caught in Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf
of Mexico. Andy Delaney operates a fishing camp near Lanark, approximately
five miles north of Carrabelle and George Crum has a camp seven miles north
of Carrabelle. Both camps are near U. S. Highway 319. Andy Delaney, Crum
Brothers, Jackson Brothers, R. H. Spiers, J, R. Wathen, Jodie Anderson,
Edmund Chipman, Dave Thompson, J. H. Campbell and several others serve as
fishing guides. The mailing address for all of these men is Carrabelle.
Charter boats are: "Seaborn",.operated by R. H. Spiers; "Florida", Seaborn
Jackson; "Angelina", Earl Jackson; "Alice Joyce", W. T. Wathen; "Itasca",
Harry Papadopoulos. All of the boats dock at Carrabelle. The rates for
fishing guides and for fishing boats vary and depend upon the size of the
Baptist, Methodist, Episcopal, Church of God and Church of Christ denomina-
tions have services in Carrabelle.
Name Rooms Rate Plan
Seabreeze 12 $1.50 up American
Carrabelle Hotel 10 $1.50 up American
Marine Lodge 6 $1.50 up American
Gray Hotel 4 $1.50 up American
2. Tourist Courts
3. Guest Homes
Coleman House has five rooms. The daily rate is $1.50 per person. Grice
Cottage has three bedrooms and an electrically-equipped kitchen. The rate
for the cottage is $10 per day or $35 per week. Information on cottages at
Carrabelle Beach can be obtained from L. T. Byrd or Charles L. McKissack,
4. Trailer Parks
5. Specialized Eating Places
White Kitchen, Carrabelle Cafe and Marine Lodge specialize in seafoods.
Further information on Carrabelle can be obtained from:
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE