Bettie L. Slay, Broker
205 E. North Ave.
Bonifay, Fl 32425
The friendly, family-oriented community of Bonifay is the seat of Holmes County and rests in northern Florida, about halfway between Pensacola and Tallahassee. The area has grown steadily to its present population of approximately 2,800. Here you will find untouched rural beauty, helpful neighbors, a low crime rate and an ideal central location.
Bonifay is served by Interstate 10, US Highway 90 and State Highway 79.
Holmes County was established on January 7, 1848, as the state's 27th county. It was the second county established after the Florida Territory achieved statehood in 1845. The early settlers of Holmes County were Native American Indians from such tribes as the Seminole and the Creek. Holmes County was named after Holmes Creek, which was in turn named for the Creek Indian Chief Holmes. The state legislature positioned the first governing bodies at Hewett's Bluff (later named Cerro Gordo) on the bank of the Choctawhatchee River. During the following years, the communities of Westville and Pittman Ferry held the distinction of being the county seat, until the honor finally settled in Bonifay in 1905.
Bonifay enjoys a traditionally mild Florida climate. Average highs climb up to 91 degrees in July, and average lows can drop to 37 degrees in January. Monthly rainfall averages 5 inches. Humidity hangs steady around 88% all year.
Bonifay plays host to four public schools, including two high schools, along with one private school for boys only. Those seeking higher education can reach Gulf Coast Community College, George C. Wallace State Community College - Dothan, Okaloosa-Walton Community College or Troy State University's main campus within an hour or less.
Doctor's Memorial Hospital serves the area's health care needs. Northwest Florida Community Hospital and Campbellton-Graceville Hospital provide additional options just 15 miles outside of town.
Holmes County is laced with clear, sparkling springs, creeks, lakes and even a navigable river which flows to the Gulf. Ample opportunity exists for boating, fishing, swimming, camping, canoeing, scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding and picnicking. Hunters will find that deer, duck, wild turkey and other small game are plentiful amongst the rolling wooded hills.
Golf is the name of the game at Dogwood Lakes Country Club, just 5 miles northwest of Bonifay. The beautiful 18-hole championship course lays around 2 man-made lakes. Residents also enjoy tennis courts, a public swimming pool and other recreational facilities.
The beautiful beaches of the Gulf of Mexico are only 45 minutes away, offering fun in the sun and plenty of waves for would-be surfers to catch.
With varied recreation, a low cost of living, abundant natural resources and excellent real estate opportunities, the only thing that Bonifay and Holmes County are missing is you. We would be happy to help you find the property of your choice in this exceptional area. More information can be obtained by contacting the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce at www.holmescountyonline.com