• 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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  • 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:

     https://hernandopast.org/membership/

    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.

  • Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to bring a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Exhibit to Hernando County through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council. The event runs September 28 to November 9, 2019 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, FL. See more in this Hernando Sun article: https://www.hernandosun.com/article/historic-hernando-preservation-society-hosts-smithsonian-exhibit .

    Sports Photography

    The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition examines the many roles that sports play in American society. Hometown sports are more than just games—they shape our lives and unite us and celebrate who we are as Americans. We play on ball fields and sandlots, on courts and on ice, in parks and playgrounds, even in the street. From pick-up games to organized leagues, millions of Americans of all ages play sports. And, if we’re not playing sports, we’re watching them. We sit in the stands and root for the local high school team, or gather on the sidelines and cheer on our sons and daughters as they take their first swing or score their first goal.

    Thanks to our never-ending appetite for competition and games, Americans now have a wider selection of sports to play and watch than ever before. Football, baseball, and basketball—America’s traditional hometown sports—share space on our calendars with soccer, hockey, tennis, running, wrestling, skiing, snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing, sailing, and many other sports. What has occurred in our hometowns is nothing less than a sports revolution.

    ALL EVENTS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

    OPENING DAY KICKOFF
    Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 10 AM
    Grand Opening of the Smithsonian Exhibit: Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.

    FLORIDA SPORTS HISTORY
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 11 AM
    ”It’s Not Just Fun & Games” with Steve Noll of the University of Florida.

    THE EARLY HISTORY OF HERNANDO COUNTY SPORTS
    Saturday, October 12, 2019 @ 11 AM
    “The Teams, the Stories, the Legends” with Bob Martinez of Old Brooksville in Photos & Stories.

    SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
    Saturday, October 19, 2019 @ 11 AM
    “Through the Lens, Images from the Sidelines” with Joe DiCristofalo of
    HernandoSport.com.

    HERNANDO YOUTH LEAGUE DAY: SHAPING LIVES THROUGH SPORTS
    Saturday, October 26, 2019 @ 11 AM
    Roundtable discussion with coaches, players and parents on the importance of youth league sports.

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to partner with the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department as well as the Florida Humanities Council.

  • Garden Grove Historic Marker Dedication

    Please join the HHPS on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 am to dedicate the new historic marker commemorating the planned community of Garden Grove. We will meet at the First Baptist Church of Garden Grove located at 18131 Stromberg Avenue, Brooksville.

  • Quarterly Business Meeting

    Join the HHPS for our quarterly Business Meeting. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers and our upcoming special exhibit. All are welcome to attend!

    Thursday, June 6, 2019

    Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601

    6:30pm – 8:00pm