Hardee County

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Hardee County is named for Cary Hardee, who was a banker and a Governor of Florida.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Polk County

E – Highlands County

S – DeSoto County

W – Manatee County


Created:  April 23, 1921                         Map of Florida highlighting Hardee County

County Seat:

Wauchula  1921 – present


County Courthouse – Wauchula 


Location:  417 West Main Street / South 9th Avenue

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  H G Little and William M Bradford

Contractor:  Robertson Construction Company


Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick, concrete and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Wauchula and has a large portico on the north front supported by four large white colorerd columns which rise to a pediment at the roof line. The roof line is flat. The base of the building is white colored brick. The Courthouse Annex is located on the south side of the building.


History:  The county was created in 1921 and Wauchula was selected as the county seat. The county offices were on the second story of the Bank of Wauchula. The first and only courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927.


County Courthouse Annex – Wauchula 




Location:  NE – West Orange Street / 9th Avenue

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Leslie G Pickett

Contractor:  S W McAuley.


Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wauchula. The south front has a central entrance with overhanging canopy. The windows are narrow and horizontal, The roof line is flat. The courthouse is located on the north side of the building.




County Courthouse - Wauchula 






















County Courthouse Annex - Wauchula 







Photos taken 2009 and 2018