Franklin County

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Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Liberty County and Wakulla County

E – Gulf of Mexico

S – Gulf of Mexico

W – Gulf County


Created:  March 11, 1832                       Map of Florida highlighting Franklin County

County Seat:

Apalachicola             1832 – present


County Courthouse – Apalachicola


Location:  33 Market Street / Avenue C

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco and Roman

Architect:  Warren, Knight & Davis of Birmingham, Alabama

Contractor:  A J Honeycutt Company Inc.


Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Apalachicola. The west front extends from the main building and has a recessed porch with two large columns rising to a wide header. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. There is stone trim along the corners and the roof line is flat. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. The building was enlarged on the east side in 1969. The architect was Norman Gross and the contractor was Kalmetz Construction Company. The building was further enlarged in 1978. The architect was G Michael George & Associates and the contractor was Whitesell-Green. Renovations were made in 2008 and the architect was Johnson Peterson and the contractor was Peter Brown.


See:  The architect,  Warren, Knight & Davis of Birmingham, Alabama, designed courthouses in Gulf County and Walton County and in Alabama in Elmore County and Lawrence County.


History:  The county was created in 1832 and Apalachicola was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was erected and was burned in 1887. The second courthouse was designed by McDonald Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky and constructed by Will L Landrum in 1892. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940.





County Courthouse - Apalachicola 







Photos taken 2009