Holmes County

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Holmes County is named for Thomas J Holmes, who was a settler from North Carolina, who arrived in 1830 or from Holmes Creek.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Geneva County, Alabama

E – Jackson County

S – Washington County 

W – Walton County


Created:  January 8, 1848                      Map of Florida highlighting Holmes County

County Seat:

Hewitt Bluff        1848 – 1861

Cerro Gordo       1861 – 1894

Westville            1894 – 1905

Bonifay              1905 – present


County Courthouse – Bonifay


Location:  201 North Oklahoma Street / East Virginia Avenue

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Look & Morrison

Contractor:  Dyson & Company


Description: The building faces east and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and the east front and the south side have one story vertical concrete pillars with recessed windows and a recessed central entrance on the east side. The south section rises higher that the rest of the building. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located in the center of the building.


History:  The county was created in 1848 and the first county seat was Hewitt Bluff. The first courthouse was erected in 1848. The name was changed to Cerro Gordo in 1861 and the courthouse burned in 1870. Court met outside until the second courthouse was built in 1889. In 1894, the courthouse building was moved to Westville and the courthouse burned in 1902. The county seat was moved to Bonifay in 1905. The third courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1907. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1963 to 1964.




County Courthouse – Bonify




























Photos taken 2009 and 2018