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UWF Historic Trust and Apple Corps Foundation present the Appleyard Storytelling Cottage

The University of West Florida Historic Trust and Apple Corps Foundation will present the Appleyard Storytelling Cottage, an exhibit featuring Pensacola’s premier storyteller, John Appleyard, starting in June 2016 at the McMillan House in Historic Pensacola Village.

The exhibit will feature many of Appleyard’s stories and will celebrate his numerous contributions to the community. He worked with Cox Communications to record 51 different stories, some featuring one 15-minute episode and some including multiple episodes and lasting as long as 90 minutes. Each story will be available as a part of the exhibit.

“Pensacola as a community has so many various story opportunities,” explained Appleyard. “It’s almost impossible to get an immediate grasp on what is here to be seen and understood. Visitors will be able to scan a list of titles and select an episode, and each one tells a story unto itself.”

Appleyard has published more than 100 books, including histories of prominent local families, novels and non-fiction works detailing the area’s rich history, and a series of more than 100 mysteries involving two 1900s-era Pensacola policemen. His work also includes the plays, “The Second Great Document” and “The Third Great Document,” along with numerous radio reenactments and plays focusing on local and regional history.

“We are eager to celebrate the seed of storytelling that Appleyard has planted for future generations,” said Rob Overton, executive director of the UWF Historic Trust. “From sweeping panoramic overviews down to the smallest details that bring stories to life, it is our hope that this place will be an enduring home for the stories of Pensacola.”

The McMillan House is located at 213 E Zaragoza St. in Historic Pensacola Village. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. For more information, visit