Category Archives: History

General Robert E. Lee portrayed by Al Stone Nov. 17

The Pasco County Historical Society announces its next meeting will feature an historical portrait of General Robert E. Lee by Al Stone on Friday, November 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM, at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City, FL  33523. Meetings are free and open to the public. DINNER: … Continue reading General Robert E. Lee portrayed by Al Stone Nov. 17

Historic Hernando Preservation Society News

History of the Richloam General Store special speaker presentation by Eric Burkes on Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:30PM at the Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville 34601. Richloam General Store was built and founded by Sidney Brinson in 1920. The building served as the Express Office, the Post Office and General Store for … Continue reading Historic Hernando Preservation Society News

Night of Lights at the Museum in Floral City

Art and history will highlight the “Night of Lights” at the Floral City Heritage Hall Museum on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Located in the town center, the Museum will participate with other businesses and the library in the Annual Floral City Night of Lights evening. The newly introduced exhibit, “Another Day, … Continue reading Night of Lights at the Museum in Floral City

Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Almost three years ago, Roger Cullen, a resident of Old Homosassa, formed the “Access to the River” committee with the goal of creating a county park on the Homosassa River.  There is no free public access to the residents of the county to the river.  The original committee was made up of representatives of the … Continue reading Old Homosassa Heritage Park

Historic Preservation Presentation Oct. 5

HHPS board member Jo-Anne Peck will provide an overview presentation in Historic Preservation Oct. 5 at 6:30pm. at 201 Howell Street in Brooksville. The lecture will go over the Who, What, Where and Whys of Preserving Historic Buildings. Jo-Anne Peck is a Historic Preservation Consultant who has focused on Florida history and architecture for over … Continue reading Historic Preservation Presentation Oct. 5

Centralia Historic Marker Revealed

The newest historic marker in Hernando County was revealed on September 23, 2017. Located south of the intersection of Centralia Road on US 19, the marker commemorates the historic sawmill town of Centralia. Marker Side 1 reads: This site was once the location of one of Florida’s largest lumber mills. As demand for insect and rot … Continue reading Centralia Historic Marker Revealed

Pasco County Historical Society Meeting and Potluck September 15

Where’s the Fire?  Talk About the Embers! In the past 30 years, the fire protection service in Pasco County has made the transition from municipal fire departments assisted by volunteer fire departments in rural areas to a modern, countywide, professional fire rescue service. During this time, a lot has changed.  Fire trucks are now replaced … Continue reading Pasco County Historical Society Meeting and Potluck September 15

Social Event to be Held at the Historic Hacienda Hotel on August 26th

Evening fundraiser will support the restoration of historic New Port Richey landmark An exquisite evening is being held by the Friends of the Hacienda and Historic New Port Richey (FOHH) to help raise funds for the restoration of the historic Hacienda Hotel. The August 26 event will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the main … Continue reading Social Event to be Held at the Historic Hacienda Hotel on August 26th

HHPS features Antique Furniture in Interior Design & an Auction August 3

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will be holding their monthly meeting at the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard on US 41 (Broad Street) in Brooksville on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. Roger Carlton Sherman, former Board Chairman of the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa is … Continue reading HHPS features Antique Furniture in Interior Design & an Auction August 3

Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Chinsegut (pronounced chin-SEE-gut) is an Alaskan Innuit word meaning, “The spirit of things lost and regained.” This local treasure is an interesting piece of the Nature Coast’s history, having been homesteaded by John and Susan Bishop in the 1800s. Colonel Bird T. Pearson of South Carolina acquired 160 acres through the Armed Occupation Act in … Continue reading Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

July events at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Inverness Join Us on Tuesday, July 11 at 9:00 a.m. at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum for a Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Inverness. Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness as your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the beautiful lakes, parks, and quaint, … Continue reading July events at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

Cape Canaveral’s Rocket History presentation 7/19

The Hernando County Public Library System invites you to visit the Spring Hill Branch Library (9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, FL 34608) on Wednesday, July 19 at 10 am to make a virtual tour of the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station part of your summer adventure. Your tour director will be retired Army Major … Continue reading Cape Canaveral’s Rocket History presentation 7/19

Visit the Hernando Historical Museums in Brooksville

The Hernando Historical Museum Association has three Museums open to the public, Tuesday thru Saturday 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  They are the May Stringer House @ 601 Museum Ct; The 1885 Train Depot at 70 Russell Street, and The Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse at 66 Russell Street. YES right here in Brooksville, Florida. … Continue reading Visit the Hernando Historical Museums in Brooksville

Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

The history of Homosassa and the Park will be highlighted during the month of March at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Displays on our area’s heritage will exhibited in the Park’s Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through the end of the month. Special … Continue reading Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

Fort Cooper Days to Reenact Second Seminole War Battle 3/11-12

The sound of musket volleys and the smell of gunpowder will greet visitors to Fort Cooper State Park, 3100 S. Old Floral City Road in Inverness as we celebrate Fort Cooper Days on March 11 and 12. Experience Florida’s history…the April 1836 skirmishes of the Second Seminole War on the shores of Lake Holathlikaha. Watch … Continue reading Fort Cooper Days to Reenact Second Seminole War Battle 3/11-12

Discovering San Antonio

Every year, in October, the Rattlesnake Festival is held in San Antonio. I will never forget talking to a friend in Crystal River about the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival and having her ask why I was going to Texas! I replied that San Antonio was right here in Florida’s Nature Coast and proceeded to explain … Continue reading Discovering San Antonio

Join the Celebration: Brooksville Native American Festival

Learn to build fire the primitive way. Listen to traditional Native American  music. Watch ancient traditional Polynesian dancers. Visit an actual teepee. Shop for authentic handmade native arts and crafts and much more! The Fourth Annual Brooksville Native American Festival is on the horizon, taking place at beautiful Florida Classic Park on February 4 and … Continue reading Join the Celebration: Brooksville Native American Festival

Buy a Brick to Help Friends of Hacienda Hotel

The Friends of the Hacienda Hotel is devoted to celebrating the unique history and culture of the City of New Port Richey, its natural beauty and its many points of interest, including the Historic Hacienda Hotel. In addition, we are dedicated to assisting the New Port Richey community by helping to increase visibility, fostering awareness … Continue reading Buy a Brick to Help Friends of Hacienda Hotel

Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

The Hernando Historical Museum Association, Inc. and North Pinellas County Scout Sertoma Club, Inc. are presenting the 37th Annual Brooksville Raid Re-enactment, Jan. 21- 22, 2017 at Sand Hill Scout Reservation, 11210 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. This unique event is eye-opening and educational, as well as fun and entertaining. It is promoted as quality family … Continue reading Have a Blast at the Brooksville Raid

Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce Coming to the Pioneer Florida Museum

What would life be like without teachers, doctors or firefighters? Every day Americans are hard at work on farms, factories, in homes or at desks keeping our communities thriving. The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, will explore the professions and the people that sustain American society when it hosts … Continue reading Smithsonian Exhibition Exploring the American Workforce Coming to the Pioneer Florida Museum

Brooksville’s Founders Week Schedule of Events Oct. 8-15

This year’s City of Brooksville’s Founders’ Week in collaboration with Brooksville Main Street will also feature a wide variety of events, tours and celebrations all week long. In addition to the opening and closing celebrations on October 8 and 15, several businesses and facilities will provide various types of entertainment and activities. For example, the … Continue reading Brooksville’s Founders Week Schedule of Events Oct. 8-15

Video Explains Crystal River Archaeological Park’s Significance

Crystal River Archaeological State Park is one of the most important archaeological places in Florida. Originally investigated by Clarence B. Moore in the early 1900’s, this ancient burial and ceremonial site still presents more questions than answers. This short video by Jeff Hall is well worth watching if you are interested in Florida’s Nature Coast … Continue reading Video Explains Crystal River Archaeological Park’s Significance

Spring Hill’s World Championship Chicken Plucking Contest

Spring Hill first appeared on Hernando County Maps in the mid-1800s along what is today Fort Dade Avenue just north of the community of Wiscon. The modern Spring Hill was founded in 1967 as a planned community,   developed by the Deltona Corporation and built by the Mackle Brothers. The plans for the community are identical … Continue reading Spring Hill’s World Championship Chicken Plucking Contest

Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup

Sugar cane is a tropical perennial grass that has three main varieties – chewing, crystal and syrup. In Central Florida, the sugar cane crop is planted in January and harvested in November. Cane syrup has been a part of the Nature Coast region for generations, with pioneer families in the 1800s and early 1900s traditionally … Continue reading Cooking Cracker Cane Syrup