Lafayette County

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Lafayette

Lafayette County is named for Marquis de Lafayette,  who was a French military hero who aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

– Madison County and Suwannee County

E – Suwanneee County and Gilchrist County

S – Dixie County

W – Taylor County

 

Created:  December 23,1856                 Map of Florida highlighting Lafayette County

County Seat:

Fayetteville  1856 – 1857

New Troy     1857 – 1893

Mayo           1893 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mayo

 

Location:  120 West Main Street / Fletcher Avenue

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward Columbus Hosford & Company of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Mutual Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story white colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mayo. The south front has a recessed porch supported by two large columns rising to a header at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large square clock tower with open arched windows and with the clock and small dome above. An addition was added in 1967. the architect was Harry Burns and Associates and the contractor was Tharp Construction Company, Inc. The building was remodeled in 2003. The architect was Clemons Rutherford & Associates, Inc. and the contractor was Peter R Brown Construction.

 

See:  The architect, Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia..

 

See: The contractor, Mutual Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky, constructed courthouses in Baker CountyJefferson County, Pasco County and Polk County; and in Georgia in Harris County

 

Old County Courthouse – Mayo

 

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Location:  136 Fletcher Avenue / Bloxham Street

Built:  1893 – 1894

Style:  Plantation

Architect:  W T Dees

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story white colored wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mayo. The roof is hipped. A two-story veranda was added on three sides after it was moved across the street in 1907 to make way for the present courthouse. The building is an inn called the Chateau.

 

History:  The county was created in 1856 and the first county seat was Fayetteville. The first court met at the home of Ariel Jones. The county seat was moved to New Troy and the first courthouse was erected in New Troy after 1857. The courthouse was moved to higher ground in 1863 but was destroyed by fire in 1892. The county seat was moved to Mayo in 1892 and the second courthouse was constructed in 1893 to 1894 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1908 to 1909.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Mayo

 

 

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Photos taken 2009