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Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County is named for Albert W Gilchrist, who was the Governor of Florida from 1909  to 1915.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Suwannee County and Columbia County

E – Alachua County

S – Levy County

W – Dixie County and Lafayette County


Created:  December 4, 1925                  Map of Florida highlighting Gilchrist County

County Seat:

Trenton  1925 – present


County Courthouse – Trenton 


Location:  112 South Main Street / SE 1st Avenue

Built:  1933

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Smith, Holburn and Dozier of Jacksonville

Contractor:  H McNeil Wade of Trenton


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Trenton. The south front has three brick arches with white colored bases and the arches project from the main building. The windows are arched and the east and west wings are one story. In the interior, there are two large County Circuit Court courtrooms along the east side of the building. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial Circuit and County Court. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. The building was remodeled and expanded in 1965 with one-story utilitarian additions. The architect was Harry E Burns, Jr of Jacksonville and the contractor was Marcus C Fields of Trenton.



See:  The 8th Judicial Circuit includes Alachua CountyBaker County, Bradford CountyLevy County and Union County.


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


History: The county was created in 1925 and Trenton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a renovated school which burned in 1932. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1933 at a cost of $18,162.



County Courthouse – Trenton
















County Circuit Court courtroom













County Circuit Court courtroom









Photos taken 2009 and 2023