Clay County

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Clay County is named for Henry Clay, who was a statesman, member of the United States Senate from Kentucky and a United States Secretary of State.


Created:  December 31, 1858

County Seat:

Middleburg                  1858 – 1859

Whitesville                   1859 – 1871

Green Cove Springs   1871 – present


County Courthouse – Green Cove Springs


Location:  825 North Orange Avenue / Houston Street

Built:  1970 – 1972

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Allen Frye & Associates

Contractor:  Forest Hills Building Company


Description: The building faces  east and is a four story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The center section projects from the main building and has four columns on each of the three sides. Behind the entrance rises a square red colored brick and concrete clock tower with green colored dome. The north wing has a dark red colored brick façade divided by vertical concrete dividers and square horizontal opening running below the roof line. The south wing has arches along the first story and columns rising from the second to third stories. In 1980, the third and fourth stories were added. The architect was Bhide & Hall of Orange Park and the contractor was Robert Gay Construction Company of Jacksonville. The building was remodeled in 1993. The architect was Bhide & Hall of Orange Park and the contractor was Nelson Construction Company of Jacksonville. In 2006 to 2008, the west section was constructed. The architect was Spillis Candela DMJM and the contractor was Elkins Constructors, Inc.


Note:  In 1972, the original north section was a two story structure. In 1980, the third and fourth stories were added. In 2008, the south section, clock tower and the projecting entrance sections were constructed.


Old County Courthouse – Green Cove Springs




Location:  915 Brabantio Avenue / Gratio Place

Built:  1889 - 1890

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  A E McClure of Jacksonville

Contractor:  W A McDuff


Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and stucco structure. The building was extended in 1911. Near the building is the old white colored brick jail which was constructed in 1894.


 County Administration – Green Cove Springs




Location:  477 Houston Street / North Orange Avenue

Built:  1991 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bhide & Hall Architects

Contractor:  Bob Mathews Construction Company Inc.


Description: The building faces northwest and is is a four story brown brick and concrete structure. The northwest front has a central projecting porch with two large square towers behind. The west tower rises five stories and the east tower rises four stories, The first story has a one story section along the northwest front with arches. The upper story has a white colored horizontal band framing the top of the arched windows. A white colored band runs along the flat roof line.



– Duval County

E – Duval County and Saint Johns County

S – Putnam County

W – Alachua County, Bradford County and Baker County





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Old County Courthouse










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Photos taken 2009 and 2018