About Flagler County

Flagler County was created on June 12, 1917, from St. Johns and Volusia Counties. (Fla. Laws 1917, 16th sess., gen., ch. 7399, secs. 1, 22-23/pp. 277, 284) Bounded on the east by the Atlantic Oacean, it is home to some of Florida's beautiful ocean beaches, beachfront communities and resorts. Named for Henry Flagler, the famed railroad mogul who was responsible for opening up the eastern seaboard by establishing rail service.

Bunnell is the county seat of Flagler County. It is one of the oldest communities Florida's Atlantic Coast. Originally known as Bunnell Stop, it was founded in 1909 and named for Alvah A. Bunnell. The Town of Bunnell was incorporated in 1913, but its history as a community dates back to the 1880’s. The City of Bunnell was officially incorporated in 1924.m Bunnell like many of Florida's Atlantic Coast communities and cities owes it beginnings to the railroad system

Alvah A. Bunnell, the founder of Bunnell established a cypress mill and has an arrangement with the fledgling railroad to supply the wood needed for the steam engines. Bunnell Stop, as it was then known, was ifentified as such on the earliest rail maps of Florida. Isaac I. Moody and George W. Deen developed a thriving turpentine business in the Bunnell area by 1900 Moody is still a prominent name among today's Bunnell families.

In 1903, Bunnell had grown large enough to warrant a United States Post Office. Isaac I. Moody, J. R. Sloan, and James Frank 'Major' Lambert started a land development company called The Bunnell Development Company in 1909. That company became the foundation of today's Bunnell. The town was quickly platted and lots were selling briskly, bringing new residents to the area. 1909 saw the first permanent home erected, it was built by the Bunnell Development Company for James Frank 'Major' Lambert. 1909 also saw construction of the very first church in Flagler County, The First United Methodist of Bunnell. The Bunnell First State Bank opened it doors in 1910. Records from a local periodical called the Bunnell Home Builder indicate that the farms around Bunnell were small but successful in raising sugar cane, corn, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and hay. This created a livelihood that was based on family, farm and community. These are all at the root of this unique, historic, traditional Florida community.

some notable structures in Bunnell include Lambert House, the oldest existent building in Bunnell. Built by in 1909, the Old Bunnell State Bank Building it a Masonry structure, built in 1910. In 1992 it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places; The George Moody House built in Craftsman style, erected in 1917; the William Henry 'Doc' Deen House. Frame structure built in 1918; the Holden House Museum it is a Craftsman bungalow, built in 1918. Now owned by the Flagler County Historical Society; the Old Flagler County Courthouse which is Neoclassical in style and was designed by Wilbur Talley in 1926. It was officially dedicated on July 28, 1927 and the Little Red School House Museum which constructed by Bunnell High School Future Farmers of America students in 1938