Brooksville is a reflection of “the Old South.” It grew from two communities: Fort DeSoto and Pierceville. In 1843, Hernando County incorporated what is today known as Pasco, Hernando and Citrus Counties. Visiting Brooksville today brings southern hospitality to fun, adventure, shopping, dining and a myriad of discoveries.
The city of Brooksville is the county seat of Hernando County, Florida. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 7,719 and an area of 10.9 square miles. The geographic center of the State of Florida is 12 miles north-northwest of Brooksville.
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In 2014, Eric Gallery and Todd Smith came to Brooksville. They had lived in Tampa for years, Eric working in Customer Service Management and Todd in Restaurant Management. Tired of the rat race, they chose to move to Brooksville and open a casual urban eatery. Chop Block Grill was begun… Read More
In 2009, the Live Oak Theatre (LOT) was founded by Randi and Keith Olsen, Vince Vanni, Barbara Manuel, Art and Ellen Sanborn (who head up YWAM Tampa), and a team of mission-minded Christians, to create and produce top-notch family-friendly shows. The founders wanted to provide ‘positive artistic experiences in the… Read More
Military veterans and first responders have long been considered heroes. That honorific has been increased many-fold over the last several years, and rightly so. As our country and world have become more populated, the conflicts and crime rates have reached significant numbers. Our military and law enforcement agencies have had… Read More
On February 29, 2020, twenty-one mermaids “ventured outside the pristine waters of Weeki Wachee to visit Hernando County’s historic city of Brooksville.” according to the Florida Mermaid Trail website. Each mermaid has been captured in a bronze statue and now… Read More
It all started in 2016. The Brooksville Main Street Program determined its mission would be to help make Brooksville “a thriving urban core, one that supports an active business environment,” a place for recreation and a city that residents can be proud to call home. There have been over 120… Read More
The Arc Nature Coast will host the Spring Lake Memorial Classic 10K, 5K, and 2 Mile Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, October 31st (Halloween) at The Arc Nature Coast Campus, located at 5283 Neff Lake Road in Brooksville, Florida. Participants are welcome to wear costumes, if desired. The Spring Lake, Florida foot… Read More
Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers (ACTC), announces that it has been awarded a certificate of occupancy for its new treatment facility located at 15211 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34613. (Just east of the Suncoast Parkway on State Road 50) Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers Receives Its Certificate of Occupancy The facility was… Read More
Become an advocate for an abused or neglected child. Children Need Your Help No one should simply shake their head and sadly lament the horrific story of child abuse. Instead of passive despair, let these tragic incidents serve as a galvanizing call to action for us all to commit to… Read More
Live Oak theatre still has limited openings in select classes. Please note that the Conservatory limits class sizes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. For more information about fees and how to register email [email protected] or call 352-593-0270. Live Oak Conservatory still has limited openings in… Read More
Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers (ACTC), located at 15211 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34613, announces that its patients will be treated by the following physicians and nurse practitioners: Advanced Cancer Treatment Centers Announces Its Medical Staff Radiation Oncologists Clayton Elliott Alonso, MD. Dr. Alonso joined ACTC directly from completing his residency… Read More
Live Oak Theatre invites the public to another of their popular IMPROV Nights on Friday evening, October 30 at 7:30 pm. Live Oak Theatre Invites the Public to Its IMPROV Night The IMPROV Night will be held at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez… Read More
Live Oak Theatre will make The Bard Unleashed available for both indoor and outdoor performances (weather permitting). Live Oak Theatre Announces the Indoor & Outdoor Schedules for “The Bard Unleashed” The first in its “Shakespeare on the Green” series, The Bard Unleashed will be performed Outdoors (weather permitting) on… Read More
Live Oak Theatre is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for its first Acorn Theatre production of “Adventures in Wonderland.” “Adventures in Wonderland” will be performed from November 5 through 8 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34601. Read More
Live Oak Conservatory is pleased to welcome Bethany L. Carr to its faculty. Ms. Carr teaches music appreciation and offers private lessons in violin, piano, viola, and cello. Lessons are provided on Wednesdays from 2:00-6:00 pm. Live Oak Conservatory Welcomes Bethany L. Carr to Its Faculty Bethany L. Carr holds… Read More
Saint Leo University is collaborating with global education services partner AVENU Learning to offer fully online degree programs in Spanish, starting in March 2021. In the first year, eight Saint Leo online degree programs will be available to students. Saint Leo University Partners with AVENU Learning to Offer Spanish-Language Degrees… Read More
Hernando Audubon Meeting about the Environmental Value of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m. Eugene Kelly, chair of the Florida Native Plant Society’s Policy and Legislative Committee, will discuss the park’s native wildlife and plant communities, regional significance, and the recently completed Weeki Wachee Carrying Capacity Study… Read More
Quick Brooksville History
Brooksville was originally known as Melendez and then Benton. Incorporated in 1856, it is a wonderful city featuring a hilly terrain that ranges in elevation from 175 to 274 feet. There is a long history of successful planters, growers, and cattlemen in and around Brooksville.
Its southern background is reflected in its name, honoring South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks who is best noted for hitting abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the head with his cane.
The downtown area features the iconic Hernando Courthouse, along with great shopping in unique stores featuring everything from antiques, outfits, high-end resales, stationery, flowers and bric-a-brac to formal gowns – and a centennial hardware store. Some streets still show the Augusta bricks laid by hand.
Visiting Brooksville Today
There are several downtown restaurants and coffee shops, along with legal and banking offices, a library and a park. Brooksville is working hard to revive its downtown to attract more visitors and became a Florida Main Street community in 2016.
They hold several events in the downtown area as well as host farmers and artist markets, as well as motorcycle rallies and holiday events.
Local art is displayed in several downtown businesses and buildings, as well as murals painted throughout the downtown area. A walking tour map of the downtown murals may be found here.
The Brooksville City Hall building houses a changing art exhibit in The Uptown Gallery, and all are welcome. There is no charge.
The architecture is interesting in several buildings and a wonderful historic walking tour can be had for the simple act of following the map here. If you would like more information about each building on the historic tour, download the complete guide here.
Visit the May Stringer Museum, located at 600 West Jefferson. Housed in the 1850 Stringer House, a Queen Anne masterpiece with a four-story tower, this historic building is reputed to be haunted.
F. L. Stringer was a State Senator and judge. With thousands of historic artifacts and regular tours, it commemorates the Civil War era and provides a glimpse at the lifestyle and relics of a gone but not forgotten segment of American history. Ghost tours are held on Friday and Saturday nights by reservation.
There are a historic train depot museum and one-room schoolhouse to visit on Russell Street.
Continue east to find another wonderful shopping area, featuring the Hawkins House, Transformed Treasures, The Wired Bird, and the Florida Cracker Trading Company and Tap Room. There is even an old-fashioned Coney Island where it is rumored that Elvis Presley may have eaten many years ago.
Expanding Beyond Brooksville’s City Limits
If you travel north on US 41, you can visit the historic Chinsegut Manor House at the Chinsegut Retreat Center and rediscover the magic that caused its last private owners to name it Chinsegut, meaning, “a place where lost things are found.” Learn their story of courage and civil rights for all.
Then spend the night in one of the unique cabins on the former plantation’s grounds. The cabins are part of a wonderful Retreat Center offering a dining hall, conference room, fire pit and lots of space to get out and make and event extra special.
*Please note that Chinsegut Hill Museum is temporarily closed.
Head back south on U.S. 41 and then travel east on S.R. 50/U.S. 98. Make a right on Spring Lake Highway (541) and follow it to the top of the hill. On the left is Boyett’s Grove Citrus and Timeless Attraction. Here you will find a wonderful zoo where you can feed the animals, a dinosaur cave, aquariums, birds, snakes, alligators and more.
A putt-putt golf course winds through part of this fun-filled tourist trap. There’s even a snack bar, ice cream parlor, and an old fashioned Florida gift shop! It’s one of my favorite places on the Nature Coast.