Bradford County

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Bradford County is named for Richard Bradford, who was a Confederate officer killed in a battle near Pensacola.


Created:  December 21, 1858

County Seat:

Lake Butler ( Union )  1858 – 1884

Starke                         1884 – present


Old County Courthouse – Starke


Location:  209 West Call Street / North Temple Avenue

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  S B Smith of Smith and Blackburn

Contractor:  F M Dobson


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and limestone trim structure. The south front has a projecting arched porch on the first story with recessed entrance. Above the porch rises a high square brick clock tower with clock and steep green colored roof. The first story windows are arched. Along the roof line are two dormers. The roof is hipped. The building is now used as a college.


County Courthouse – Starke




Location:  945 North Temple Avenue / George Street

Built:  1968 – 1969

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Frank George George of Palatka

Contractor:  Triest Construction Company of Keystone Heights


Description: The building faces east and is a two story yellow colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The center section is recessed with the north and south one story wings extending eastwards forming a courtyard in the middle. The central section has a glass wall extending from the main building and is dived by vertical concrete dividers.  The roof line is flat. The building was enlarged in 2003.



– Baker County

E – Clay County

S – Alachua County

W – Union County





Old County Courthouse







County Courthouse













Photos taken 2009