Florida: Gilchrist County

Gilchrist County (pop. 16,939) is north of Levy County. It’s the only Gilchrist County in the U.S.

The county was named for Albert W. Gilchrist, governor of Florida from 1909 to 1913. He was a civil engineer, real estate dealer, orange grower, and Army officer before going into politics.

That’s now Florida State University.

The county seat of Gilchrist County is the city of Trenton (pop. 2,002). The courthouse was a Works Project Administration project in 1933.

Two-story, red brick

The Trenton Church of Christ (1920) was built of Florida field limestone and rubble masonry. It now houses meetings of the Gilchrist County Board of County Commissioners.

The church now meets in another building.

Country music singer Easton Corbin was born and raised in Trenton.

Born in 1982

The 32-mile Nature Coast State Trail has a trailhead at the old Trenton Depot, built in 1905 for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad.

No more trains

As in other counties in this part of the state, Gilchrist County has a variety of natural springs that are popular for swimming.

Hart Springs Park

Canoeing, tubing, kayaking, and swimming are popular on the Suwannee and Santa Fe rivers.

On the Suwannee

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