Submitted to The Heritage of Holmes County, Florida by Holmes County Heritage Book Committee
 |  Washington County News

Holmes County was created by the Florida Legislature early in 1848 and the legislature directed the circuit court and county commission to meet at Hewett’s Bluff itil an election could be held to choose a permanent county site. In March 1848 the election was held and Hewett’s Bluff was selected as the first county sear as it was nearer the enter of the county. It had no buildings for the accommodation of the county business or for court officials and other attendants upon court. A second choice voiced it to Bear Pen. Perhaps the small building there was insufficient, but for some reason it moved again. The financial condition of the county and the people, also, did not justify an attempt to build at this time.

Source Article