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Old Polk County Courthouse Marker


Location of sign - 100 East Main Street, Bartow, Florida


Photo taken- December 2008


Old Polk County Courthouse Marker

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Wayne


Text of sign:


Old Polk County Courthouse


Polk County was established February 8, 1861 formed from eastern Hillsborough County and western Brevard County and 

comprised one of two counties created after the state's secession from the union. Polk County was named after James Knox Polk 

the eleventh president of the United States. Polk served from 1845 to 1849, and was the first president to hold office after Florida 

achieved statehood. The turbulent 1860's saw Polk's seat of government changed several times. Located first at Mud Lake, the 

county seat soon moved to Jefferson, a surveyed town site within the present day limits of Bartow. Court and County records were 

maintained in the home of the county clerk the Reverend Jeremiah Hayman at Six Mile Creek. In 1867 cattleman Jacob Summerlin 

donated 120 acres of land at Bartow for a town site and seat of county government. Several courthouses have existed at this site, 

built in 1867, 1884 and 1909.


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