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Liberty County

Liberty County is named for the right and privilege of liberty.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Jackson County and Gadsden County

E – Leon County and Wakulla County

S – Franklin County

W – Gulf County and Calhoun County


Created:  December 15, 1855                Map of Florida highlighting Liberty County

County Seat:

Bristol  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Bristol


Location:  10818 NW State Highway 20 / Virginia G Weaver Street

Built:  1940 – 1942

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Yonge & Hart of Pensacola

Contractor:  Jack Culpepper of Tallahassee


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bristol. The south front has a projecting central section with first story entrance trimmed with stone. Above the entrance is a window also trimmed with stone. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 2nd Judicial Circuit and County Court. The east and west sections are slightly lower in height. There is projecting wing on the southwest side constructed in 1971.  The architect was Charles A Gaskin and the contractor was Kolmetz Construction Company. A further addition was constructed on the northwest side in 2000. The architect was Collins & Associates, Inc. and the contractor was Eldridge Construction, Inc. The consulting engineer was Preble Rich, Inc.


See:  The architect Yonge and Hart also designed the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee.


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


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Bristol was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure built in 1859. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on January 9, 1940. Court was held at the local hotel until the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1940 to 1942.



County Courthouse – Bristol









County Circuit Court courtroom















Picture First County Courthouse 1859

Photos taken 2009 and 2018