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Putnam County

Putnam County is named for Benjamin A Putnam, who was a St Augustine lawyer and who served in the Second Seminole War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Clay County

E – St Johns County and Flagler County

S – Volusia CountyLake County and Marion County

W – Alachua County


Created:  January 13, 1849                    Map of Florida highlighting Putnam County

County Seat:

Palatka  1849 – present


County Courthouse – Palatka 


Location:  410 St. Johns Avenue / South 4th Street

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Robinson and Reidy

Contractor:  C D Smith


Description: The building faces south and is a two story concrete and white colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Palatka. The building has a raised basement. The south portico is supported by four columns rising to a pediment. The windows have light blue colored panels ( now white ) between the floors and on the east side is a large window on the first and second story. The roof line is flat. In the interior, there is white colored wood wainscoting. County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the south side of the second story. There is also a small courtroom located on the second story. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial Circuit and County Court. An addition was added on the west and north sides of the building 1n 1964. The architect was James Gamble Rogers, Lovelock & Fritz and the contractor was Jack Jennings, Inc. On the west side of the building is a two story County Courthouse Annex and a one story County Court Annex which contains a courtroom. To the southeast is another County Courthouse Annex housed in the former East Florida Savings & Trust Building.


See:  The 7th Judicial Circuit includes Flagler CountySt Johns County and Volusia County.


See:  The county is located in the Fifth Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – Fifth Judicial District located in Daytona Beach.


History:  The county was created in 1849 and Palatka was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected after 1849 on the corner of Reid Street and South 1st Street. The second courthouse was a two story wood structure built in 1884 on South 2nd Street and was located east of the third and present courthouse which was constructed in 1909 to 1910.


County Courthouse Annex – Palatka 



Location:  323 St. Johns Avenue / South 4th Street

Built:  1923 – 1924

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces north and is a two story stone, brick and concrete structure. The building faces north and was completed in 1924. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Palatka to the southeast of the courthouse. The north front has six large columns rising to a wide header at the top of the second story. The central entrance is recessed and has a small pediment above. The roof line is flat. The building was formerly the East Florida Savings & Trust Building.



County Courthouse – Palatka



















County Circuit Court courtroom

















Small courtroom













County Courthouse Annex – Palatka





County Courthouse Annex – Palatka



County Court Annex – Palatka



County Government Center – Palatka









Photos taken 2009, 2018 and 2023