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Santa Rosa County

Santa Rosa County is named for Santa Rosa Island in the Gulf of Mexico.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Escambia County, Alabama

E – Okaloosa County

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Escambia County 


Created:  February 18, 1842                  Map of Florida highlighting Santa Rosa County

County Seat:

Milton  1842 – present


County Courthouse – Milton 


Location:  6865 Carolina Street / Elmira Street

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Chandler Yonge

Contractor:  Hugger Brothers Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama


Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Milton. The north front has a projecting canopy over the first story entrance. The east and west wings extend north from the main building. A projecting eave runs along the roof line. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located at the northeast side of the first story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial Circuit and County Court. The building was remodeled in 1961. The architect was Frank J Sindelar and the contractor was Blanton Construction Company Inc. and F E Booker Company.


Note:  When constructed in 1926, the courthouse was a Classic Monumental style with high Art Deco tower. The cost of construction was $137,000. The tower was removed during the 1960 to 1961 remodel of the building and the east and west wings were added


See:  The 1st Judicial Circuit includes Escambia CountyOkaloosa County and Walton 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 1842 and Milton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was located on Berryhill Road in Milton and served as the Town Hall. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1869.  Devastating fires struck Milton in 1885, 1892 and 1909. The second courthouse was built in 1877 and survived the fire of 1909. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927.


New County Justice Center – Milton 


Location:  Avalon Boulevard and Mulat Road

Built:  2020 – 2022

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Sam Marshall Architects and HOK

Contractor:  Ajax Building Corporation


Description: The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the southwest of the center of Milton. 



County Courthouse – Milton















County Circuit Court courtroom











Photos taken 2009 and 2020