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Quincy in Gadsden County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2013
1. Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.
This antebellum home is related in style to the early Louisiana plantation houses of the lower Mississippi Valley. Designed to cope with the heat and dampness of the climate, its main living quarters were on the second floor. It rests on land once owned by Robert Forbes, first Gadsden County sheriff, whose house served as a county courthouse in the early 1820ís. Later in the nineteenth century, the property passed into the hands of Hector and William Bruce, grandnephews of Forbes. In 1956, it was purchased by the Quincy Garden Club, and in 1972 was acquired by Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc. who undertook complete restoration.
 
Erected 1972 by Sponsored by Talquin Electric Cooperative, Inc, In cooperation with Department of State. (Marker Number F-199.)
 
Location. 30° 35.152′ N, 84° 35.857′ W. Marker is in Quincy, Florida, in Gadsden County. Marker is at the intersection of West Jefferson Street (U.S. 90) and Camilla Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West Jefferson Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1636 U.S. 90, Quincy FL 32351, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Washington Lodge No. 2 ~ Quincy Woman's Club
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2013
2. Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse Marker
(approx. 1.1 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Quincy State Bank (approx. 1.3 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gadsden County (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gadsden County Civil War Monument (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Quincy Academy (approx. 1.3 miles away); Gadsden County War Memorial (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Quincy.
 
Also see . . .
1. Gasden County Courthouse.
The first local facility used for a courthouse was the log home of Robert Forbes, a prominent early settler and land grantee. Local tradition holds that portions of this building still stand, incorporated into a structure now occupied by the Talquin Electric Cooperative. (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Court Minutes 1824 - Gadsden Territory.
Gadsden was still a Territory at this time and had no complete county government, with employees to do the work. There were just appointed figures, like the judges, sheriff, tax collector, and clerk of the court. The judges would assign men living
Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2013
3. Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse Marker (wide view)
on the roads to be the overseer of the road maintenance on a certain road. The judge would assign another man to "apportion the hands" on the road for a certain overseer. The phrase "apportion the hands" meant to decide how many hands (workers) would be needed and then request that many slaves of large land owners living near the road when it was time to actually do the work. (Submitted on April 5, 2014, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Additional keywords. courthouse
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2013
4. Site of the First Gadsden County Courthouse Marker
Edge-on view, featuring the antebellum home restoral described on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 220 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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