Bradford County Courthouse in Starke

Bradford County is located in northeastern Florida. This is the home of the Florida State Prison and several other state correctional facilities. Bradford County was originally formed as New River County in 1858 but was renamed in 1861 for Captain Richard Bradford, a Confederate officer who died during the Battle of Santa Rosa Island.

Bradford County contains 293 square miles of land and 7 square miles of water surface. The county seat is Starke. Part of Osceola National Forest is in Bradford County.