Jefferson County, Florida

Jefferson County, Florida
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Jefferson County Courthouse in Monticello
Seal of Jefferson County, Florida
Seal
Map of Florida highlighting Jefferson County
Location in the U.S. state of Florida
Map of the United States highlighting Florida
Florida's location in the U.S.
FoundedJanuary 20, 1827
Named forThomas Jefferson
SeatMonticello
Largest cityMonticello
Area
 • Total637 sq mi (1,650 km2)
 • Land598 sq mi (1,549 km2)
 • Water38 sq mi (98 km2), 6.0%
Population (est.)
 • (2015)14,081
 • Density25/sq mi (10/km2)
Congressional districts2nd, 5th
Time zoneEastern: UTC−5/−4
Websitewww.jeffersoncountyfl.gov

Jefferson County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population is 12,902. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 population for the county is 14,490.[1] Its county seat is Monticello, Florida.[2]

Jefferson County is part of the Tallahassee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Old Lloyd Railroad Depot, now the area's post office

Jefferson County was created in 1827. It was named for Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America, who served from 1801 to 1809. Monticello is a racially diverse town (see People).

Forts of Jefferson County

Jefferson County has many old forts that were used by early settlers and the military.

  • Fort Roger Jones (1839), Aucilla (Ocilla Ferry), north of US 90.[3]
  • Fort Noel (1839 - 1842), south of Lamont on the Aucilla River, six miles (10 km) northwest of Fort Pleasant in Taylor County. Also known as Fort Number Three (M).
  • Camp Carter (1838), near Waukeenah.
  • Fort Welaunee (1838), a settlers' fort on the Welaunee Plantation near Wacissa. Fort Gamble (1839 - 1843) was later established here.
  • Fort Aucilla (1843), two miles (3 km) south-east of Fort Gamble, southwest of Lamont, between the Aucilla and Wacissa Rivers. Also spelled Ocilla.
  • Fort Wacissa (1838), a settlers' fort located south of Wacissa on the Wacissa River, west of Cabbage Grove.
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