Suwannee County is named for the Suwannee River which forms the northern. Western and some of the southern boundary of the county, and the name was a corruption of the Spanish “San Juan ( St. John )” or from the Cherokee word “sawani” meaning “echo river”.
Created: December 21, 1858
Houston 1858 – 1868
Live Oak 1868 – present
County Courthouse – Live Oak
Location: 200 Ohio Avenue South / Warren Street
Built: 1904 – 1905
Style: Renaissance Revival
Architect: Benjamin B Smith of Montgomery, Alabama
Contractor: Hugger Brothers of Montgomery, Alabama.
Description: The building faces east and is a two story yellow colored brick, cast stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and the east front has a projecting porch with three large arches and balcony on the second story. A wide belt between the two stories wraps around the building. A large square brick clock tower rises above the east entrance with clock at the top and surmounted by a green colored copper dome. The north and south wings project and have peaked roofs. The main roof is hipped. A one story brick and concrete addition was added to the rear of the building in 1965.
Note: Court first met in the Baptist Church. In 1873, a wood structure was built at a cost of $8,000. The building was later moved across the street from the present courthouse and then later demolished after several other moves.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Suwannee County Courthouse
County Courthouse Annex – Live Oak
Location: SE – Pine Street / Warren Street
Built: 1948 – 1949
Architect: H T Howell
Contractor: J A Fortner and J D Carmichael
Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The west front has a central entrance with recessed doorway on the first story and window on the second story. A wide white colored section runs below the flat roof line. The courthouse is located on the east side.
N – Hamilton County
E – Columbia County
S – Gilchrist County
Photos taken 2009