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Updated: 02/01/2014 08:00:01AM

The old hotel in Placida

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The old hotel in Placida. “If you were to go beyond the boat docks, away from the fish house and the Fishery Restaurant in the other direction, well, that’s where the hotel was. There are private homes there today,” said Betty Futch Maguire. Photo 1909 courtesy of Eunice Albritton

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In the mid-1920s, Clara Futch, her husband, “Dunk,” and their six children moved to Placida. Dunk became a well-known commercial fisherman in the area. Clara and her daughter told me a little about the intriguing and beautiful old hotel that used to be in Placida near the Fishery Restaurant, which the Futch family rented and lived in for awhile.

“One of the places we lived in Placida over the years was what was called the old hotel,” said Clara. “It was a big old house, a whitewashed building. It had a big, wide porch that ran all the way around it, and a widow’s walk on the top. There were two great big gumbo limbo trees on either side of the steps going up to the porch in front.

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