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About Escambia County 200th Anniversary

Escambia County turns 200 years old Saturday, July 17, 2021. Created on the same date in 1821, Escambia and St. Johns counties were Florida's two original counties, covering the entire territory within modern state boundaries. The Suwannee River was the border between Escambia and St. Johns counties, which follows a winding path from the northern border of the state to the Gulf of Mexico. Essentially, the Escambia County government had jurisdiction over the "panhandle" and "big bend" areas, and St. Johns over the remainder of the entire state. The 200th Anniversary Committee is diligently planning for the BIG 200! Committee members include:

The 200th Anniversary Commission Members:

  • Dr. Judy Bense, chair and historical archaeologist, 18th century
  • Margo Stringfield, co-chair, historical archaeologist
  • Rob Overton, director, UWF Historic Trust
  • Dr. Elizabeth Benchley, historical archaeologist, 18th and 19th century
  • Darien Schaefer, president/CEO, Visit Pensacola
  • Nicole Stacey, Director of Marketing and Communications, Visit Pensacola
  • Jack Brown, former City and County administrator
  • Dr. Brian Rucker, historian, Northwest Florida
  • Gregg Harding, historic preservation planner, City of Pensacola
  • Maria Goldberg, Director of Marketing, Public Relations and Events, Great Southern Restaurants
  • Dr. Marion Williams, local historian and African-American leader
  • Dr. Bill Lees, historical archaeologist 19th century and executive director, Florida Public  Archaeology Network
  • Teniadé Broughton, Pensacola City Council, president, John Sunday Society, member of Pensacola Save Our Structures
  • Laura Coale, director for communications and public information, Escambia County
  • Dr. John Appleyard, local public historian (deceased)