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 2007, the idea to hold a foot race and fun run/walk in the beautiful area surrounding The Arc Nature Coast’s Neff Lake Campus was born. The roads surrounding this nonprofit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities were hilly and shaded, with minimal traffic, and so the Spring Memorial… Read More
What is the Hernando County Growers Association? It’s not a what as much as it’s “Who.” It’s Homosassa hydroponic farmer George Gifford helping James Tremblay pick out some eggplant. It’s midwife Michelle Hale conducting classes at the Little Rock Cannery, where folks can learn about cooking, canning and handling preserves… Read More
Picking blueberries throughout Florida’s Nature Coast is one of my favorite things to do. I look forward to April when the season starts and will go on multiple picking adventures at different farms through late May. I like to get out the first week to fill a bucket, which holds… Read More
Have you made it to the Florida Mermaid Trail in the last year? If not, perhaps the best time to check it out is during the first annual Florida Mermaid Trail Festival on February 20, 2021! The Florida Mermaid Trail Festival will be held at Hernando Park, 205 E. Read More
Papa Joe’s Italian Restaurant invites the community to attend their 40th Anniversary Celebration on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 from 11 AM-7 PM. The day will feature drive through pasta for 99 cents. Papa Joe’s has been hosting this annual event to support local charities since they first opened in 1981,… Read More
Hernando Audubon September Activities Hernando Audubon Virtual Meeting: Mary Miller will speak about Bluebirds and Boxes. North American bluebirds are cavity nesters whose numbers seriously declined when the English House Sparrow was introduced in the U. S. in 1851 and took over their nesting cavities. This presentation tells of the… Read More
Live Oak Theatre and Conservatory expands its program to include a special class in youth art conducted by Robyn Gray. The class is for boys and girls ages 9 to 19. Youth Art Classes at Live Oak Conservancy Students will be taught about perspective, basic shapes, shading, reflections and… Read More
The City of Brooksville’s Art Gallery Coordinator, Pedram Moghaddam, invites everyone to visit the “Summer to Autumn” exhibit now open at the Uptown Art Gallery. On display are three to five pieces of artwork from each artist reflecting the passing of the current season into the new one. This exhibit… Read More
Live Oak Theatre and Conservatory is pleased to welcome Riley Mantonya to its faculty. Mrs. Mantonya joins existing faculty member, Bethany Carr in providing private piano and violin lessons to students of all ages at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34601. Read More
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, the nonprofit blood bank serving local hospitals, todayannounced that it has reinstated COVID-19 antibody testing for all eligible blood donors. LifeSouth Testing all Donors for COVID-19 Antibodies: Recovered COVID-19 patients needed to donate convalescent plasma This testing will help LifeSouth identify donors who may be eligible… Read More
Live Oak Theatre and Conservatory is particularly pleased to welcome Katherine (Kat) Burburan to its faculty. Ms. Burburan is an experienced and skillful dancer who will instruct conservatory students in the following: Live Oak Theatre and Conservatory Welcomes Katherine Burburan to Its Faculty. Ballet – This is an open ballet… Read More
On August 16, 2021, the City of Brooksville will dedicate the Brooksville City Hall Lobby in the name of Former Mayor and Council Member Frankie Burnett. City of Brooksville Dedicates City Hall Lobby in the name of Former Mayor Frankie Burnett The City Council was approached by brother of Frankie… Read More
Live Oak Theatre announces the cast of Shrek jr. The cast of Shrek jr, is as follows: Storyteller – Eleana Lipidarov Mama Ogre – Molly Pianin Papa Ogre – Leif Rasmussen Little Ogre – Cappy Lay Shrek – Ely Walters Captain of the Guards – Kealy Hunter Pinocchio – Angelina… Read More
Courthouse Live is the place to be every Friday, with the exception of the 2021 Friday Night Live dates (September 10 and October 8) when the festivities shift to Hernando Park. It’s Brooksville Main Street’s way of keeping the music playing in historic downtown Brooksville all year long. Read More
Regional Transportation Leaders Reveal Unified Rebrand as the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance
New Brand and Website Create Unified Voice for Regional Transportation Planning Regional Transportation Leaders Reveal Unified Rebrand as the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance Transportation leaders from across the West Central Florida region are thrilled to announce the Sun Coast Transportation Planning Alliance (SCTPA)… Read More
On August 4, 2021 the City of Brooksville’s new Art Gallery Coordinator, Pedram Moghaddam, announced his first “Call to Artists’ for the upcoming exhibit “Summer to Autumn”. Uptown Art Gallery Announces Call for Artists Mr. Moghaddam invites artists to submit three to five pieces of artwork reflecting thepassing of the… 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.