• March and April Meeting Schedule

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will host their quarterly business meeting on Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm at Brooksville City Hall. The meeting will provide updates on local archaeology, history and historic preservation activities around the county. All are welcome to attend. Masks are encouraged.

    In April, the Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Florida Humanities speaker and HHPS board member, David Letasi as the guest speaker for the April 1, 2021 meeting. David Letasi is a Paleontologist and expert formerly with the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa.

    In Pursuit of Florida’s Paleo Hunters

    Travel back into the last Ice Age and learn about Florida’s first people. Discover how they survived climate change and giant predators. Who were the archaeologists that discovered these early hunters’ artifact sites? We will compare the artifacts found here in Florida to those found around North America. Were there people living here before the Clovis Tradition and what is the Solutrean Theory? What was their origin? These controversies will be examined, and actual Paleoindian artifacts studied.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    COVID GUIDELINES: Social Distancing • Masks Encouraged • Temperature Check Upon Entry

    Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Billy the Kid Visits Brooksville

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

    WHEN? Thursday, February 4, 2021
    WHERE? Brooksville City Hall
    201 Howell Ave,
    Brooksville, FL 34601
    TIME? 6:30 pm
    FREE: Open to the Public
    William H. Cox II 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.”

    COVID-19 GUIDELINES:  Social Distancing- Masks Required-Temperature Check Upon Entry

  • 2021 Meeting Schedule

    JANUARY 7, 2021      Thursday @ 6:30 pm         NO MEETING 

    FEBRUARY 4, 2021   Thursday  @ 6:30 pm        SPEAKER “Billy the Kid”

    MARCH 4, 2021          Thursday   @ 6:30 pm        QUARTERLY MEETING

    APRIL 1, 2021              Thursday    @ 6:30 pm        SPEAKER  David Letasi – “Prehistoric Florida”

    MAY 6, 2021                  Thursday    @ 6:30 pm        NO MEETING

    JUNE 3, 2021                 Thursday    @ 6:30 pm      QUARTERLY MEETING

    JULY 1, 2021                   Thursday    @ 6:30 pm       NO MEETING

    AUGUST 5, 2021            Thursday     @ 6:30 pm        TBA

    SEPTEMBER 2, 2021    Thursday     @ 6:30 pm     QUARTERLY MEETING

    OCTOBER 7, 2021          Thursday      @ 6:30 pm     TBA

    NOVEMBER 4, 2021      Thursday      @ 6:30 pm     TBA

    DECEMBER 2, 2021       Thursday      @ 6:30 pm     ANNUAL MEETING

  • 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 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 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.


  • 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

  • October Special Event Reception

    The HHPS will be hosting a Members Only reception in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, October 3. The reception will be held at the Mining Enrichment Center where we are hosting the Hometown Teams Smithsonian Exhibit and will start at 6 pm. Members will be able to browse the exhibit and local image collections. Special guests will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided.

    Not a member? You may join at the door. Or sign-up here:


    What: Special Hometown Teams Reception
    Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019
    Time: 6 -8 pm
    Location: Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center
                    800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34601

  • Volunteers Needed

    Remember your Little League days? Or sweaty days on the football field?The HHPS is hosting a Smithsonian exhibit this fall in Brooksville about how home team sports have shaped communities and is seeking docents. You don’t need to be a sports expert – just be friendly. Contact Jan at the number below or email hernandopreservation@gmail.com. Or better yet, attend the HHPS monthly meeting at Brookville City Hall August 1st at 6:30 pm.