Holmes County was established on January 8, 1848, from segments of Walton County and Jackson County. It gains its name from Holmes Creek, which serves as the eastern boundary of the county. Some say the county was named after an Indian Chief that lived in the area when the land was settled.
Holmes County has had three county seats in its history, the first being Cerro Gordo, then Westville, and finally Bonifay. Bonifay has been the county seat since 1905
< < The old County Courthouse, from the Florida State Library
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