DeSoto County

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De Soto

DeSoto County is named for Hernando DeSoto, who was a Spanish explorer.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Hardee County

E – Highlands County

S – Charlotte County

W – Sarasota County and Manatee County


Created:  May 19, 1887                          Map of Florida highlighting DeSoto County

County Seat:

Pine Level  1887 – 1888

Arcadia       1888 – present


County Courthouse – Arcadia


Location:  115 East Oak Street / Brevard Avenue

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Bonfoey and Elliot of Tampa

Contractor:  Read-Paker Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Arcadiaand has a large portico on the south front supported by four large columns which rise to a pediment at the roof line. The roof line has a decorative cornice along the top with a brick wall rising behind to a flat roof.


History:  The county was created in 1887 and Pine Level was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure designed by Dr. Edwin Green and built by Peyton Reed in 1888. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1912 to 1913 at a cost of $120,000.


County Administration – Arcadia




Location:  201 East Oak Street / Volusia Avemue

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the east side of the courthouse. in the center of Arcadia.




County Courthouse – Arcadia



















County Administration – Arcadia
















Photos taken 2009 and 2018