Historic Old Wakulla County Courthouse
The stately Historic Courthouse which stands proud in the heart of Wakulla County, Florida is much more than just a historically significant structure. Woven together with the strong threads of its communities, its traditions and customs, and its people, the courthouse stands in magnificent tribute to the heritage of its citizens past and present. The earliest of the Wakulla courthouses was destroyed by arson with a kerosene lantern. The second courthouse, still standing, was sturdily constructed of heart pine cypress and completed in 1894. The 3-story structure has a steeply pitched roof with four intersecting gables. A weathervane carved of tight grain heart pine in the shape of a mullet, a commercial fish important to the history of Wakulla, graces the top of the prominent cupola with distinction.
To make room for construction of a new courthouse in 1948, the Historic Courthouse was moved a block away by painstakingly pulling the solid building by hand-wrench on wooden rollers across laid timbers. The structure was used for a time as the public library. By 1996, when the Chamber of Commerce took over occupancy, the old building had fallen into sad disrepair. Through tremendous citizen support driven by the vision to restore the courthouse to its former glory, renovations were begun. The building was moved a short distance a second time to the location where you see it today. With blood, sweat and tears, the first two floors of the building have been lovingly returned back to historically correct splendor, complete with a custom set of replicated gas light fixtures and replacement of all the windows with mouth-blown glass imported from Germany.
The Historic Old Wakulla County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, one of only three existing wooden courthouses in the Florida.
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23 High Dr
Crawfordville, FL 32327
- (850) 926-1848