Calhoun County Courthouse


     Calhoun County, established in 1838, honors South Carolina Senator and Vice-President John Calhoun, revered in antebellum times for his staunch advocacy of states' rights. At one time it covered most of the Florida "panhandle"  between the Apalachicola and Choctawhatchee Rivers.Another view of the Calhoun County Courthouse  1941

There have been several early county seats, not all of which are located within the county's current boundaries: St. Joseph (later destroyed by an earthquake; located near present-day Port St. Joe in Gulf County; it also served temporarily as the seat of Franklin County), Iola (near Wewahitchka in Gulf County), Abe Springs Bluff (on the Chipola River), and finally Blountstown, named for Seminole leader John Blount.Calhoun County Courthouse (Keith Vincent Collection.) Apparently local settlers appreciated the fact Blount had talked his people into taking the "Trail of Tears"  to Oklahoma. Yet another county seat was proposed for "Panther's Head,"  but as reported by James M. Denham, following a successful referendum in 1848 it was discovered there were actually two such sites in the county, such that  "it became impossible to determine which of them was ballotted for." Calhoun County Courthouse circa 1941

     The Calhoun County Courthouse pictured above was designed by architects Benjamin Bosworth and Frank Lockwood of Montgomery, Alabama, and is one of only two Florida courthouses built in the Romanesque Revival style. It was constructed in 1904.  In 1969 Calhoun voters opted to construct a new facility.  Hampton Dunn, Florida's Current view of the historic Calhoun County Courthouse (Photo by Jared Anton)historian emeritus, quotes a reporter to the effect the new courthouse, dedicated in 1972, "rises up off the street like a country cousin of the United Nations."  The historic courthouse was preserved and converted to other uses.  An onsite historical marker commemmorates the 1832 Treaty of Payne's Landing.  According to Dunn it is written in both English and Muscogee Creek.

           Read more about the history of Blountstown here.

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