The Chestnut Street Cemetery is the oldest burying ground in Apalachicola and is the burial site of many individuals connected with the history and development of the town and area. Approximately 540 marked graves are located in the cemetery, but there are many more grave sites that are unmarked. A variety of tombstones decorate the cemetery, from simple vertical slabs from the 1830s to elaborate marble monuments. A few graves are marked with simple wooden crosses or a blanket of shells with no names. Beginning in 1912, the local chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) marked the graves of all the Civil War veterans in the cemetery. There are at least 79 Confederate veterans and 7 Union veterans buried in the cemetery.
Each Spring and Fall, the Apalachicola Historical Society Hosts a Ghost Tour in which local history enthusiasts take on the personna of the cemetery’s more notable inhabitants to tell of life in Apalachicola more than 100 years ago.
The Chestnut Street Cemetery Walking Tour will take you about 30 minutes in which time you will discover the rich history, lore and heritage of Apalachicola from more than 100 years ago. View Walking Tour Map.
This project was funded, in part, with funds from Visit Florida.