Duval County, Florida Court, Courthouse Duval, FL

Florida Estate Planning Lawyers in Jacksonville Florida. Jacksonville is located in Duval County. Jacksonville is the largest city in the state of Florida and the largest contiguous city in the United States. Jacksonville is located about 25 miles south of Georgia. Jacksonville is in the First Coast region of north east Florida and the St. johns River runs through the center of the city. In 1822 Jacksonville was renamed after Andrew Jackson, who was the first military governor of the Florida Territory and the 7th President of the United states. Duval county is surrounded by St. Johns County, Nassau, and Clay County. The current courthouse is located on the banks of the St. Johns River and its address is.

Duval County Court House 330 East Bay Street, Room 103 Jacksonville, FL 32202 904-391-6700
The 1901 burned down the original court house pictured below.
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One of Florida’s oldest counties, Duval was created in 1822 and named for the first territorial governor, William P. DuVal. The St. Johns River bisects the county and a fording place has existed near Jacksonville since prehistoric times. The Timucuan people called it wacca pilatka, “place where cows cross,” and under British rule this became Cow Ford. In 1822 a city was platted on the site and named for Andrew Jackson, the military governor who had preceded Duval.
Duval County’s first courthouse was built in the 1840’s at what is now the corner of Forsyth and Market Streets. It was burned during the Civil War. A more durable brick structure went up in 1886. According to “postcard historian” Hampton Dunn, in Jacksonville “time is measured by ‘before the fire’ or ‘after the fire'”, referring to the 1901 conflagration that wiped out the downtown. Among the first buildings reconstructed was the courthouse, which was relocated across the street from the old. The walls of the older building survived the fire, were incorporated into a new armory, and, remodeled again at mid-century, remain as part of the present-day Lanier Building.

The 1902 courthouse, designed by architect Rutledge Holmes, soon proved too small and an annex was added in 1914. Apparently the plans contemplated the possibility of adding as many as seven more stories, but this was never done. Instead, a modern courthouse was dedicated in 1958 and the 1902 courthouse was demolished; the annex was spared and, later expanded to cover the entire site, continues to house county offices.

Duval County merged with the city of Jacksonville in 1968; in area if not in population, Jacksonville is now one of the largest cities in America.

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