Visitors played beach volleyball on the Taunton Family Children’s Home property during the festival. [ Tom Wynn | Contributed ]
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Taunton Family Children’s Home welcome community for annual festival

There were about 150 people enjoying the Taunton Family Children’s Home’s facilities on June 3.

The property, which has housed about 400 children at one time or another, consists of several homes spread out across the Tauntons’ acres of land. A playground sits in the center of the property, an indoor gymnasium stands adjacent to the houses and down a small hill, sits a bright blue pond with a waterslide.

“I’m just glad to be able to open up our facilities to the community,” Abigail Taunton, who runs the children’s home said. “We don’t always have the ability to let people come enjoy everything we have to offer here, so it’s nice to have them come out for this event every year.”

When the Tauntons started the children’s home 45 years ago, they floated cypress trees down the river, which they used to build a single house where everyone lived together. Now, Taunton said, things are a little less cramped.

Children come to the home through word-of-mouth a lot of the time. From there, Taunton will decide how best to support them.

For more information about the Taunton Family Children’s home, to volunteer, or to seek help for yourself or someone you know, visit the organization’s website at

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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