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Holmes County, Florida

We’re glad you’re here! Located in northwest Florida, this rural county shares its border with Alabama and is known for its genuine southern hospitality. We don’t meet a stranger, ya’ll.


The origin of its name is a matter of debate by historians. One claim is settlers in the early 1800s named the county after Native American Chief Holmes who was killed by Andrew Jackson’s Army. Another claim is that it was named for Thomas J. Holmes, who came from North Carolina to settle in the area in 1830.


Holmes County was the second county established after the Florida Territory achieved statehood in 1845. In addition to the county seat of Bonifay, Holmes County’s towns include Esto, Ponce de Leon, Westville, Poplar Springs, Noma and Prosperity, as well as other small, unincorporated communities.


Nature is the main draw for visitors and people who live here in Holmes County. Outdoor fun includes visiting the natural springs, boating, fishing, kayaking, hunting and wildlife watching. There are amenities in every corner of our county, including campsites, RV parks, and golf courses. We have plenty of fun around here with events that take place throughout the year including The Northwest Florida Championship Rodeo, our Down Home Street Festival, and “The Biggest All-Night Sing in the World.”


Spring Turkey Hunting Season in Holmes County is a popular time for avid hunters. According to the National Wild Turkey Federation, Holmes County has one of the best populations of turkeys in the state.


With plenty of options to eat, explore and relax,

“There’s No Place like Holmes.”

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