Franklin County, Florida

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Franklin County is a coastal county located in the panhandle of the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 11,057. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 11,177.[1] Its county seat is Apalachicola, Florida[2].



Carrabelle is located on the Carrabelle River twenty-five miles east of Apalachicola and is the second largest city in the county.

The entire coast line of Franklin County was inhabited by Indians for about 12,000 years. Life along the coast was good since seafood was abundant. They traded with the Indians in Tallahassee for clay and other items not available on the coast. One style of pottery first found in Carrabelle is named Carrabelle Punctuated. A clay pot was made, and while still damp the potter would take a small stick of similar object, and press the end of the stick into the clay numerous times until the entire pot was covered with small indentations. It was then placed into a shallow pit, covered with small tree branches which were set on fire. The result was a decorated water resistant pot.

During World War II most of Franklin County was used for military training. The beaches and islands were ideal for amphibious training. When the war ended and the military left, Lanark Village was established from the remaining Officer's quarters.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,037 square miles (2,685.8 km2), of which 544 square miles (1,409.0 km2) is land and 493 square miles (1,276.9 km2) (47.53%) is water.

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