• LeeAnne Shoeman Preservation Award 2018

    The Lee Anne Shoeman Preservation Award is presented annually to a person who as contributed to understanding of the historic significance of Hernando County, and or furthering historic education in Hernando County. It is named in honor of Lee Anne Shoeman, a gifted educator and historian. The award serves as a beacon of hope that the work of Ms. Shoeman will carry on with those of us who love history and wish to continue the memory of a beloved historian, writer and educator. The award is displayed in Brooksville City Hall​.

    Nominations are due by November 1, 2018.

    You may download the form here and mail to:
    Historic Hernando Preservation Society
    PO Box 1925
    Brooksvile, FL 34605
    or
    Email to: hernandopreservation@gmail.com
    LeeAnneShoeman2018

    or you may fill out this online application:

  • HHPS 3rd Quarter Business Meeting & Auction

    Just added! We will also be having a min-auction at this meeting with proceeds to benefit the historic marker fund.

    Join the HHPS for the 2018 Third Quarter Business Meeting to be followed with a Pot Luck Supper. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers. All are welcome to attend!

    Thursday, September 6, 2018

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

    6:30pm – 8:00pm

  • HHPS August Meeting & Guest Speaker

    The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome Mr. Robert Martinez, publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos & Stories, as he presents:

    “BROOKSVILLE & HERNANDO COUNTY’S FAMOUS VISITORS.”
    Mr. Martinez will also talk about ways to identify OLD PHOTOGRAPHS.

    Thursday, August 2 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

    Brooksville City Hall, City Council Chambers

    201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601

  • Billy the Kid to visit the 1885 Train Depot Museum in Brooksville

    Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the story of William H. Cox II, “BILLY THE KID.”  He recounts his adventure of 30 years ago when he experienced a life-changing event that found him literally living in the footsteps of the legendary figure of the wild wild West, William H. Bonney,  known infamously as “Billy the Kid.” Billy has written an autobiography about his life and adventures entitled: “The Adventures & Times of William H. Cox II, Billy the Kid.”

    Thirty years ago, Billy took a road trip to Roswell, New Mexico to learn about the land and history of that place after seeing the movie “Young Guns.”   Little did he know he was headed for an experience that would change his personal history and had everybody in the SouthWest saying that New Mexico’s notorious son was back.

    As Billy recounts,  he was twenty two years old and full of energy.  Arriving in Roswell, New Mexico, he stepped off the bus, not knowing where to go.  He just went with the direction of the wind. It led him to the Roswell Museum. As he walked into the museum, the historian immediately approached him and said he looked just like “Billy the Kid.”  “What is your name?” asked the historian. “Billy,” he replied. The museum historian’s mouth dropped! “We need to get you to Lincoln,” he said, which was about sixty miles from Roswell.

    So began his adventure as “Billy the Kid” in Lincoln, New Mexico.  Billy the Kid had returned in the person of William H. Cox II, who bore an uncanny likeness to the Kid.  Let the Kid tell you the rest of the story in person where he will make his book available and answer questions.  You will learn not just about Billy the Kid, you will learn that life is full of adventures and you don’t have to be ordinary, you can be original!

    EVENT TIME:     SATURDAY, JULY 28 @ 7 P.M.

    EVENT LOCATION:     1885 TRAIN DEPOT MUSEUM
    70 Russell Street
    Brooksville, FL 34601

    EVENT COST:    $10      RSVP 352-799-4766
    (20 seats available)

  • Dedication for the Historical Marker of Pilaklikaha

    Sumter County Historical Society & Dade Battlefield Society

    INVITE YOU TO ATTEND THE

    Dedication & Reception

    for the

    Historical Marker

    of

    PILAKLIKAHA

    “Abraham’s Old Town”

    APRIL 10, 2018

    DEDICATION CEREMONY 3:00 p.m.

    RECEPTION 3:30-5:00 pm

    Intersection of SR 471 and CR 567 (aka: Fortune Teller Road; East of 471; Between Webster & Sumterville.

    Pilaklikaha was also known as “Abraham’s Old Town,” named after Abraham, who came to the area after escaping slavery in Pensacola around 1826. Abraham served as a skilled interpreter and the voice of the Seminoles during treaty negotiations with the United States government. He rose to prominence as the counselor for Chief Micanopy, even accompanying him on a diplomatic trip to Washington, D.C. Abraham was later released from service in appreciation for his work. Assuming a connection to the Dade Massacre in 1835, United States Army soldiers, under the command of Brigadier General Abraham Eustis, burned Pilaklikaha to the ground on March 30, 1836, during the second escalation of the Seminole War. All the residents of Abraham’s town escaped weeks before its destruction. During the conflict, many native Seminoles and some Black Seminoles, including Abraham, were forcibly relocated to Indian Territory, in present-day Oklahoma, as part of the “Trail of Tears.” Abraham died in Indian Territory sometime after 1870.

    For More Information:
    karencloud@yahoo.com

  • Secretary Detzner Designates Brooksville Main Street as Florida Main Street Program of the Month

    Secretary of State Ken Detzner today announced that Brooksville Main Street has been designated the Florida Main Street Community of the Month for February 2018. Communities are selected based on their developmental achievements and participation in the Florida Main Street Program.

    In the 18 months since Brooksville was designated, it has consistently demonstrated an exemplary commitment to downtown revitalization,” said Secretary Detzner. “Brooksville Main Street has successfully made the preservation of its downtown an outstanding component of Florida’s statewide preservation efforts.

    Native Americans inhabited the Brooksville area for thousands of years before Europeans settled there. In the 19th century, settlers merged two small colonies into what today is the City of Brooksville and the county seat of Hernando County.

    Today, the centerpiece of the downtown is the historic 1913 Hernando County Courthouse, situated on the crest of a hill under a canopy of magnificent oak trees. The Beaux-Arts style building was designed by William Edwards Augusta who also designed many of the University of Florida’s original buildings. The courthouse is now part of a larger complex of buildings on the same block, known as the Hernando County Government Center. A significant part of the early history of this area was plantations with fields of sugarcane and cotton. The most notable plantation today is the recently restored Chinsegut Hill Manor House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Currently owned by the State of Florida, Chinsegut Hill Manor House is managed by the Friends of Chinsegut Hill.

    As a recent participant in the Florida Main Street Program, Brooksville Main Street has made great strides in capitalizing on the large downtown employment base and re-establishing downtown as the economic hub. In addition, the organization is host to several community events throughout the year, including First Fridays, the Shootout Golf Tournament, the Cycling Classic and Fitness Festival, and Founder’s Week.

    “When I first looked at Brooksville, I knew I had found a home,” said Ryan Malloy, Brooksville Main Street Executive Director. “I imagine this feeling is shared by many who have visited Brooksville, which exudes the true architectural spirit of what a historic hometown feels like.”

    For more information about Brooksville Main Street visit BrooksvilleMainStreet.org or Facebook.com/BrooksvilleMainStreet. For more information about the Florida Main Street program visit FloridaMainStreet.com or Facebook.com/FloridaMainStreet.

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    About Florida Main Street

    Florida Main Street is a program administered by the Division of Historical Resources under the Florida Department of State, which currently oversees 51 communities throughout the state. By implementing the National Main Street Center’s Four-Point Approach®, Florida Main Street encourages economic development within the context of historic preservation through the revitalization of Florida’s downtowns – the community’s heart and soul.