Crawfordville, county seat of Wakulla County, had its earliest beginnings in the riverside town of Port Leon, located on the eastern side of the St. Marks River, not far from the present day town of St. Marks. In 1843, a devastating hurricane and tidal surge destroyed the town and shipping port, forcing relocation of the county seat.
To be more centrally located, eventually the county seat, which is named after Senator John L. Crawford, relocated in 1892 a final time to its present location. Crawfordville remains the central hub of government and business in the county.
While there is indeed a large chain discount store, a grocery store, and several franchised restaurants, Crawfordville has what so many other places have already lost. The “small town” merchant is alive and well in Crawfordville and its surrounding communities, which only adds to the county’s authenticity. In Crawfordville, you will find unique antique and gift shops, restaurants and friendly businesses run by folks, who take pride in what they do. Plan to spend some time poking around Crawfordville to see what you can find.