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Santa Rosa County

Year Founded: 1951


In 1902, a little farming community in northwest Florida was given the name Jay. It was named after the first postmaster, J.T. Nowling. It was then and is now primarily a farming community. Jay has two cotton gins and a peanut buying and warehouse facility. The town has proven to be rich not only in agriculture, but also in oil. In the early 1970s, oil was discovered and changed the way of life for many.

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