During the 19th century, Florida was known as the "Wilderness State" due to its vast stretches of undeveloped land and abundant wildlife.
Flagler County is located in northeastern Florida and has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times. The land that would eventually become Flagler County was inhabited by Native American tribes such as the Timucua and the Seminole. European exploration of the area began in the 16th century, when Spanish explorers arrived in search of new trade routes and resources.

In the late 18th century, the Spanish ceded Florida to the British, who established several plantations in the area. However, in 1821, Florida became a part of the United States and the land was sold to American settlers. The area that is now Flagler County experienced limited development and relied heavily on agriculture, mainly citrus farming and cattle ranching.

The county's modern history began in 1913 when oil tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler extended his railway to the area, opening up opportunities for tourism and development. Flagler envisioned the region as a luxury resort destination and established the towns of Bunnell and Flagler Beach. The real estate boom of the 1920s brought prosperity to the area, but it was short-lived as the Great Depression hit and halted growth.

After World War II, Flagler County experienced a period of slow and steady growth. In the 1970s, the construction of Interstate 95 further boosted the county's economy by facilitating easier access to the region. In recent years, Flagler County has seen a surge in population and development, with a growing emphasis on tourism, residential communities, and economic diversification.

Today, Flagler County boasts beautiful coastlines, recreational areas, and a vibrant community. It continues to evolve and thrive, maintaining a delicate balance between preserving its natural resources and promoting sustainable growth.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Flagler County, Florida.

  • 1917: Flagler County is established on April 28
  • 1917-1919: Construction of the Intracoastal Waterway begins
  • 1925: Construction of the Flagler Memorial Bridge is completed
  • 1967: Bunnell becomes the county seat
  • 1998: Palm Coast is incorporated as the county's largest city
  • 2004: Flagler County is severely impacted by Hurricane Charley
  • 2017: Flagler County celebrates its centennial