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

Geneva County, Alabama is on the north side of Holmes, Jackson County, Florida is to the east, Washington County, Florida is on the south and to the west you'll find Walton County, Florida.

< <  The old County Courthouse, from the Florida State Library
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