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Jefferson County

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Thomas County, Georgia and Brooks County, Georgia

E – Madison County and Taylor County

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Wakulla County and Leon County

 

Created:  January 20, 1827                    Map of Florida highlighting Jefferson County

County Seat:

Monticello  1828 – present

 

County Courthouse – Monticello 

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Circle / Jefferson Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Mutual Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story white colored stucco, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Circle in the center of Monticello. The south front has a high portico supported by four large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The motto “Sum Cuique” (To each his own) is inscribed over the doors. There are porticos on all four sides of the building. A balustrade runs along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large white colored octagonal dome with clock and a small cupola at the top. In the interior, there are tiled floors and wood stairs. The County Circuit Court courthouse is located on the second story and retains most of the original furnishings including a high ceiling and gallery. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 2nd Judicial Circuit and County Court. The building was restored in 1998. The architect was Kenneth Smith Architects, Inc. and the contractor was E C Kenyon Construction Company, Inc.

 

See:  The architect, Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia..

 

See: The contractor, Mutual Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky, constructed courthouses in Baker CountyLafayette County, Pasco County and Polk County; and in Georgia in Harris County.

 

See:  The 2nd Judicial Circuit includes Franklin County, Gadsden CountyLeon 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.

 

See:  The Old County Jail is located at 380 West Dogwood Street to the northwest of the courthouse.

 

History:  The county was created in 1827 and Monticello was selected as the county seat. The first sessions of the court were held at the log home of John G Robinson. The first courthouse was a log structure erected in the town square in 1828. The second courthouse was a two story wooden structure built in 1834 to 1841. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910 at a cost of $39,412.

 

 

County Courthouse – Monticello

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War Monument

Photos taken 2009 and 2023