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Hardee County Courthouse


Live Oak banker and Governor Cary Hardee is honored in the name of Hardee County, founded in 1921. Other proposed names included Seminole (a name eventually used elsewhere in the state), Cherokee, Goolsby, and Wauchula. Historian Allen Morris suggests the incumbent governor was selected because his signature was wanted on the legislation creating this and several other counties.

The county seat is Wauchula, for which several origins are given ranging from "sandhill crane" to "cow house" to "buzzard's roost." The town was previously called by the more pedestrian "English." The Hardee County Courthouse was designed by a local architect, H. G. Little, and was built in 1927 by Robertson Construction Company.

Parking Information

Parking is provided in the parking lot surrounding the Hardee County Courthouse. If you have any questions, you can contact the Jury Division at (863) 773-4174 ext. 7221 or email:

Courthouse Location

Business Hours

Clerk of Courts:
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm

Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday & Sunday - Closed

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