• Notice

    ALL MEETINGS CANCELLED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

    The next meeting of the Historic Hernando Preservation Society will be Thursday, SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 due to the coronavirus situation.  The information which would have been discussed at the May 7th,   June 4th, and August 6th meetings will be provided to members via emails from the Secretary.  This will include a Treasurer’s report, Membership report, and any other vital information.  The October 1st and November 5th meetings will be special historical speakers, while the December 3rd meeting will be our annual business/membership meeting and holiday party.

    We will keep you apprised of any additional changes.

  • HHPS March Meeting

    Join us for our 2020 1st Quarter Business meeting. We will have an update on the plans for the historic Chinsegut Hill Manor House as well as other projects.

    • Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm
    • Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville
  • Florida’s Female Pioneers

    CANCELLED – We Hope to Reschedule

    Join the HHPS as we welcome historian and author Peggy Macdonald as she examines some of the women who have shaped Florida.

    Florida’s Female Pioneers: Examining some of the women who have shaped Florida, including Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, a physician who ran the first racially integrated free school in Florida; Harriet Beecher Stowe, famous for writing Uncle Tom’s Cabin who kick-started Florida’s tourism industry with her 1873 book, Palmetto Leaves; and May Mann Jennings, a suffragist and conservationist who helped establish Royal Palm State Park, which formed the nucleus of Everglades National Park.

    Thursday, April 2, 2020
    6:30 pm
    Brooksville Woman's Club
    131 S. Main Street
    Brooksville, FL

    Free and open to the public.

    Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Garden Grove Historic Marker

    On Saturday, September 7, 2019, the Historic Hernando Preservation Society dedicated Hernando County’s newest historic marker commemorating the planned community of Garden Grove. Made possible by HHPS Board member Roger Sherman, the marker is located on the east side of US 41/ Broad Street, just north of the Spring Hill Drive intersection.

    GARDEN GROVE MARKER – SIDE ONE

    Garden Grove Marker Side 1

    Garden Grove was carved out of the Chocochatti Hammock, first inhabited by the Upper Creek Nation and then by pioneer families such as the Hopes and Crums. The area remained largely undeveloped up to the 1920s. By that time, the Florida Land Boom, which started in West Palm Beach and Miami, had spread to the west coast of Florida. Many real estate companies were created and bought large tracts of land with the intention of luring new residents and businesses, along with investors interested in land speculation. Developments such as Hickory Hill, Russell- Hale Heights, Mundon Hill Farms, Dixie Acres, Nobleton, Mountain Park, and Masaryktown sprang up from 1924 through 1926 in Hernando County. One such enterprise was Garden Grove, platted in 1924 and surveyed by G.D. and H.D. Mendenhall, Civil Engineers. Garden Grove originally contained some 13,000 acres with plans for over 1,600 residential, commercial, and small farm lots. It was bounded by the Tampa Northern Railroad on the east and bisected by a portion of the first state road, No. 5 (later US 41) on the west. Plans included a city square and lakeside park, as well as a grand main street called Station Boulevard leading to the train depot.

    GARDEN GROVE MARKER – SIDE TWO

    Garden Grove Marker Side 2

    Advertisements in newspapers promised a holiday atmosphere and described an idyllic environment. A mobile and newly affluent middle class with leisure time sought to speculate and turn investments into quick profits, often quadrupling them within a year. As a large influx of new residents was expected, the county built roads to Garden Grove from Spring Lake and Aripeka. A bus route from Tampa to Garden Grove began along with passenger train service. By 1926, some of the planned roads were laid out and a number of homes constructed. The Methodist-Episcopal Church South became the first house of worship. A one-room school was built, and operated until 1948. Such speculation, however, was unsustainable and the real estate bubble burst in the mid-1920s, just as Garden Grove was beginning to grow. The company sold back some properties to their original owners for pennies on the dollar. The Garden Grove corporation became inactive in 1936. It was not until the 1950s that development in the area resumed with new home and road construction, along with the donation of land by the Crum family for the Garden Grove Baptist Church.

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  • Lee Anne Shoeman Award Winner 2019: Bill Rosst

    William Rosst became a member of Hernando Past in 2010. For almost a decade, he was always willing to help the society as a board member, and later as an ex officio board member. He purchased a computer projector for the organization. He provided wonderful lectures/presentations on the history of the MAYA, drawn from his rich experience as an archaeologist and engineer around the world. In 2012, with the MAYAN CALENDAR event in the news, Bill gave a great presentation at that time. He brought a steady and professional opinion and demeanor to all of the preservation society’s meetings and deliberations. Most notably, he was instrumental in the CENTRALIA historic marker by providing the majority of the funding for that project, dedicated a few years ago. His work in preserving Hernando County’s cultural/historical resources qualifies him immensely to receive the Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award for 2019. He was a beloved member of Hernando Past and will be sorely missed. It is a great honor to his memory to award this to Bill Rosst, posthumously.

    Bill Rosst, 1931-2019
  • February HHPS Meeting: Guest Speaker “Billy the Kid”

    The Adventures & Times of William H. Cox II “Billy the Kid”

    The HHPS is pleased to welcome William H. Cox II as he shares his great adventure of living in Lincoln County New Mexico in the early 90’s, in the footsteps of William H. Bonney, the legendary figure known today as “BILLY THE KID.”

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

    Brooksville City Hall Council Chambers

    201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL

  • No January HHPS Meeting

    Due to the proximity of the first Thursday of the month to the New Year holiday, we will not be meeting in January. We will hold our February meeting as scheduled on Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 pm when we welcome William H. Cox II as he regales us with his stories of Billy the Kid.

    February HHPS Meeting

    Thursday, February 6, 2020

    6:30 pm

    Brooksville City Hall

  • December HHPS Meeting

    The December meeting date has been changed in order to not conflict with the Main Street Tree Lighting. We will meet Thursday, December 19 at 6:30 pm at City Hall. We will hold elections for our Board and Officers – please come cast your vote! We will also be selecting our Lee Anne Shoeman Award winner. Please bring a dish to share as well as an inexpensive (less than $5) wrapped Christmas ornament for our gift exchange. This is always a fun meeting, once we get our important business out of the way.

    Thursday, December 19th 6:30pm - 8:00pm
    Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL