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Gadsden County

Gadsden County is named for James Gadsden, who was from South Carolina and who served as aide-de-camp to Andrew Jackson in Florida in 1818 and later made the Gadsden Purchase from Mexico.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Decatur County, Georgia and Grady County, Georgia

E – Leon County

S – Leon County and Liberty County

W – Liberty CountyCalhoun County and Jackson County 

 

Created:  June 24, 1823                         Map of Florida highlighting Gadsden County

County Seat:

Quincy  1825 – present

 

County Courthouse – Quincy

 

Location:  10 East Jefferson Street / Adams Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Hentz & Reid of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  J A Apperson of Atlanta, Georgia

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Quincy. The south front has a recessed porch supported by four high white colored columns rising to a wide header. A white colored cornice runs below the roof line which has a balustrade. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with red colored roof and clock. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located at the center of the second story. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 2nd Judicial Circuit and County Court. During the construction of the building the superintendent was L W Cooper of Atlanta, Georgia. The building was renovated in 1997. The architect was Lee & Bridges Architectural Consultants Inc. and the contractor was Tupelo Construction Company Inc.

 

County Judicial Complex – Quincy

 

 

Location:  24 North Adams Street  / Washington Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Quincy on the west side of the courthouse. The east front has a central entrance with large windows above on the second story. On the north side of the east front are narrow vertical windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior are two County Circuit Court courtrooms on the first story. The building is named as the Guy A Race Gadsden County Judicial Complex.

 

See:  The 2nd Judicial Circuit includes Franklin County, Jefferson County, Leon CountyLiberty County and Wakulla County.

 

See:  The county is located in the First Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – First Judicial District located in Tallahassee.

 

First County Courthouse – Quincy

 

 

Location:  1640 West Jefferson Street / Camilla Street

Built:  1820

Style:  Antebellum

Architect:  Robert Forbes

Contractor:  Robert Forbes

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story white colored wood frame  structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1820. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of Quincy. The south front has a wide porch with dual stairs at each end. The red colored roof is hipped. The building known as Bruce House served as the first courthouse from 1823 to 1824. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1823 and Quincy was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of Robert Forbes called Bruce House serving as the first courthouse until the second courthouse was built in 1824 consisting of two log cabins. In 1827, Joseph Yonge constructed separate buildings for the third courthouse complex. In 1837, the fourth courthouse was a two story building which burned on November 12, 1849. The fifth courthouse was a two story brick structure constructed by R A Shine. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1912 to 1913.

 

 

County Courthouse – Quincy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Judicial Complex – Quincy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court east courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court west courtrrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First County Courthouse – Quincy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009, 2018 and 2023