| Martin County was
carved from Palm Beach and St. Lucie Counties in 1925. The name honors Governor John W.
Martin. The county seat is Stuart (originally Potsdam), named for a station agent of the
Florida East Coast Railway.
The Martin County Courthouse depicted above was designed by L. Phillips Clarke of West
Palm Beach. The building was originally a high school, constructed in 1915. and was
modified for its present use in 1937. A view of the school before the remodeling can be
seen in Hampton Dunns postcard-history book " Wish You Were Here." The
county has since constructed a newer facility.
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