Welcome to Bunnell's Tour of the City

We welcome you to our picturesque hometown steeped in Florida history and intrigue. Bunnell is the County Seat for Flagler County, one of the oldest communities along the east coast of Florida. We have an eye towards the future as part of one of the fastest growing counties in Florida, and hold dear the countenance of our past. The small town spirit and pride may be felt as you wander through our unique City and meet the residents of Bunnell, who will gladly “spin yarns” of the days gone by and excitedly speak to the future plans for our community. The historic structures that follow are but a few of the many treasures to discover in the City of Bunnell. The Town of Bunnell was officially incorporated in 1913, but its history as a community dates back to the 1880’s. The City of Bunnell was officially incorporated in 1924. As with many other communities in Florida, Bunnell owes part of its start to the railroad industry. Alvah Bunnell established a cypress shingle mill and promised to supply the fledgling rail business with wood for its wood burning locomotives. Bunnell Stop was the name identified on the earliest rail route. By 1900, Isaac I. Moody and George W. Deen had developed a flourishing turpentine business in the Bunnell area. The name Moody would forever be tied to this area. By 1903, Bunnell was big enough to have a post office. Isaac I. Moody, J.R. Sloan, and James Frank “Major” Lambert formed the Bunnell Development Company in 1909. With that came the formation of Bunnell’s roots. The town of Bunnell was platted, lots and property sold quickly and the new residents began to move in. The first permanent house was built by the Bunnell Development Company for James Frank “Major” Lambert in 1909. The first church (First United Methodist Church) was constructed in 1909 and the Bunnell State Bank opened in 1910. Records from the Bunnell Home Builder, an early periodical for the town, reported that the farms around Bunnell were small but successful in raising sugar cane, corn, sweet potatoes, cucumbers and hay. This created a livelihood that was based on family, farm and community. These are all at the root of this unique, historic, traditional Florida community.

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