Eastpoint is the breadbasket of Franklin County's seafood industry. Located along coastal Highway 98 just east of the bridge leading to St. George Island, Eastpoint is generally the stopping off point for visitors arriving or leaving St. George Island and Apalachicola who are looking for the freshest seafood available in this area.

Seafood docks stretch for nearly two miles along the coastal highway - providing haven for a fleet of fishermen hauling oysters and shrimp from the nutrient-rich waters in Apalachicola Bay to shore where they are unloaded into seafood processing houses and small rustic seafood markets alongside the road. Visitors to this coastal hamlet can dine in several small restaurants on the bay while watching the shrimp and oyster boats bring in the day's catch.

History

Eastpoint was established in 1898 when a group of families near Columbus Georgia rafted down the Apalachicola River with their belongings and homesteaded the area. Early travel between Eastpoint, Apalachicola and Carrabelle was accomplished via paddlewheel steamer until 1932 when a ferry service was started between the towns. Roads from Eastpoint to Carrabelle and Sumatra were constructed around 1915 and the Apalachicola Bay Bridge linking Eastpoint to Apalachicola was completed in 1965.

Today Eastpoint is an eclectic mix of seafood businesses and an emerging commercial district near the Island Drive area leading to St. George Island. Generally considered the next growth area in the county because of moderate land prices, several businesses serving the construction and tourism industries of St. George Island have sprung up. Residential growth and residential subdivisions have blossomed and there is an upscale residential development just east of town as well as plans for waterview townhomes along the Eastpoint stretch of Franklin County.

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