Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Preserving Hernando County's PAST


Christmas on Main Street

Brooksville Main Street is Pleased to Bring You



December 8th (5:00 - 8:30pm)

5:00 - 8:30pm Vendors on Main Street
5:00 - 8:00pm  Free Wine Tasting by Brookstone Wines
5:15 - 6:45pm Santa at the House of Passage
6:00pm  Patricia's Window Comes to Life
7:00pm Introductions (City/County Officials)
7:05 - 7:25pm Inaugural Merry Main Street Musical Light Spectacular
7:30 - 8:30pm Live Oak Theatre presents caroling and live entertainment with Parris and Laverne Gunn, Stephanie Barnett Sager, and the Bad Kitty Band.
8:30pm Merry Main Street Musical Light Spectacular

December 9th (6:00 - 8:00pm)

6:00 & 8:00pm Merry Main Street Musical Light Spectacular
6:00pm Live Nativity “Road to Bethlehem” at Hernando Park, presented by Hillside Community Baptist Church
6:30pm Christmas Movie on Main Street “ELF"

December 10th (10:00am - 7:30pm)

10:00am 38th Annual Kiwanis of Brooksville Christmas Parade
11:00am - 4:00pm Christkindl hosted by the Brooksville Woman’s Club
5:00pm Culinary Christmas Tour
5:30 pm Live Nativity “Road to Bethlehem” at Hernando Park, presented by Hillside Community Baptist Church
6:00 - 9:00pm Christmas light tour at May Stringer House ($5 admission)
7:00pm Merry Main Street Musical Light Spectacular

December 16th and 17th (7:00 - 8:00pm)

7:00 & 8:00pm Merry Main Street Musical Light Spectacular

Heritage Day 2017

Heritage Day 2017 will be held on the grounds of the 1885 Train Depot, at 70 Russell Street in Brooksville, February 25th, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Vendors, demonstrators and artisans will wind their way along the Good Neighbor Trail.  In addition, you can enjoy some of your favorite foods;  hot dogs, ice cream, Italian ice, corn on the cob, just to name a few.  

Vendors and demonstrators are needed for the event. Applications are HERE.


HHPS Annual Membership Meeting

December 1, 2016   Thursday
800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard
Brooksville, FL


Members, due to a scheduling conflict at City Hall, our location for the 2016 annual membership meeting has changed. The new location will be the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard on US 41 (Broad Street) in Brooksville.
(McKethan Park entrace)
(Between O'Reily Auto Parts & Luigis)
Don't forget to bring:
-An item for the potluck dinner.
-A Christmas ornament of $5 or less in value.
-Funds to purchase items at the Auction.
-Your membership application for 2017

Field Trip to the Stetson Mansion

Members of Historic Hernando Preservation Society traveled to Stetson Mansion in DeLand Florida. The weather on Friday, December 18 was comfortable, providing just the right formula for a perfect outing.

Arriving at the mansion, members were treated to the beauty of the 1886 gilded age winter home of philanthropist, John B. Stetson. Stetson, of course, was the producer and manufacturer of the iconic Stetson hat. HHPS President Don Moses sported his personal Stetson while attending the tour.

The home boasts 16 patterns of the nations most rare and intricate parquet wood floors. There are over 10,000 panes of original leaded glass windows. Every room was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season. Each detail was hand placed by J.T. Thompson, one of the home owners. The entry way was captivating and celebrated the 200 year anniversary of the beloved Christmas Carol “Silent Night.” Sheets of antique music seemed to float in the air between the 12 foot Christmas tree and grand piano. Architect George T. Pearson created the home with a blend of cottage, Gothic, Tudor, Moorish and Polynesian influence, thus creating a high style Victorian home. 

Attention to detail was the key to this wonderful presentation, and one had to be present to appreciate the beauty and splendor of this magnificent home. The home is neither a Victorian Museum, nor a Stetson Museum, but the beautifully restored home of its owners. The Stetsons sold everything in the 1920’s, and nothing was left save the fabulous architectural detail.

The Stetson family entertained such guests as the Astors, Mellons, Vanderbilts, and Carnegies. President Grover Cleveland and King Edward VII were also on the guest list, along with many others. Because the mansion is not a museum, many wonderful parties are still hosted here.

The extensive restoration was accomplished with love and such a positive energy that fortunate guests become a part of. The tour includes the rich history and inspiring restoration story that guests become immersed in. Owner J.T. popped into the tour to express his gratitude for being able to be a part of this rich restoration, and to wish guests a “Merry Christmas.”

Historic Hernando Preservation Society sent the home owners a “thank you” letter for their active role in the preservation of a historic gem, that would have otherwise been slated for demolition.

2017 Membership Renewal

Current Members, past members, and prospective members,
We are now conducting our Membership Drive for 2017.  We have had a great year of activity with the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.  From monthly speakers, to field trips, and working on several projects, it has been a productive year.  You may visit our website to see all the events and projects from 2016.  From Heritage Day, to field trips, to special historical speakers, and preservation of of our cultural/historical resources, we aim to continue these goals in 2017.  Membership categories are as follows................................
Student:  $5
Individual: $10
Family:  $25
Associate Organization: $35
Corporate: $50
Lifetime Membership: $175
We continue to meet the first Thursday of each month, except July, at Brooksville City Hall @ 6:30 pm.  Brooksville recently celebrated its 160th anniversary at Founders Day Events.  Planning is currently underway for Hernando County'sHeritage Day Event for early 2017.  Our organization is proud to partner with the Hernando Historical Museum Association, other local organizations,  Hernando County, and the City of Brooksville as we plan projects and events each year.  One exciting development by Hernando County is a project to open the 1913 Old Hernando County Courthouse in the future,  to promote the cultural and historical resources of our community.  Another development we see for 2017 by the City of Brooksville is the Brooksville Main Street program, which will bring the community together to revitalize the historic downtown area.  We encourage you to become a part of these exciting developments in 2017, as we all volunteer together and build a wonderful community, remembering the PAST, and looking to the FUTURE.
1)Download the application here, fill out and mail with your check.
2)Bring the application and fee in person to one of our meetings.
3) Apply online via PayPal right here.
We look forward to your application!
Jon Yeager

HHPS Field Trip to Stetson Manor

The Stetson Manor field trip will take place on November 18th. The tour starts at 1:30 in Deland, so we will need to leave Brooksville by 10:00 a.m.  The cost is 26.63 cash, and parking is free.  We will need to have RSVP's no later than November 1st so we can solidify the reservations.  The Mansion will be decorated for Christmas, and the owners have promised a stellar tour that lasts between 75-90 minutes in duration.  We strongly recommend that people car pool, and if time permits, we will get lunch before the tour, if not, then definitely afterward.
There will be a sign-up sheet at the November 3rd meeting, or you can contact Mary Moses at jetfxrs2@aol.com or 813-470-0085.
The Stetson Mansion is located at 1031 Camphor Lane, Deland FL  32720. The website is www.stetsonmansion.com.  


DATE:  Saturday Nov. 19, 2016 @ 10 AM
PLACE:  Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
               7200 CR 603 ("Battlefield Parkway")
               Bushnell, FL  33513
LOCATION:  Major Dade's Lodge
Private John Thomas of Dade's Massacre of 1835
Presentation of a research paper by James Marshall that makes a compelling argument for the identification of yet another survivor of Dade's command.
The Conviction and Incarceration of Ransom Clark
Frank Laumer relates the story of how the legal authorities in 1839 Boston, accused, adjudicated and punished this famous battle survivor on the charge of counterfeiting.
LUNCH:  $8 for Sandwich, salad, cookies, and drink
In order to plan efficiently for lunch, please let me know if you will be able to attend NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th.  Thanks.
Historic Weapons Demonstrations
Guided Tour of the Fort King Road with Descriptions at Key Battle Points
Steve Rinck       stevenrinck@gmail.com
Steve is President of the Seminole Wars Foundation and is a member of the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.  

Frasier Mountain

MOUNTAIN, Frasier W., age 93, died Tuesday October 4, 2016 at HPH Hospice Care Center. He was born in Dunnellon, FL and was a lifelong Brooksville resident. He was co-owner of Frasier Mountain Appliances and a U.S. Air Force veteran of WWII. He is survived by daughter: Diane Dannemiller of Brooksville, FL; 1 granddaughter: Ashley Dannemiller. A gathering for friends will be from 5-7:00pm, Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Saxon Manor, 103 South Saxon Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34601.  





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