Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Preserving Hernando County's PAST


Centralia Historic Marker Project

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is undertaking a project to place a historic marker at the site of the historic Logging and Sawmill town of Centralia. Your support is appreciated!


See details on this project and more at: http://historichernandopreservationsociety.org/markers

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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Bill Dayton: Tales of Old Pasco County

The Historic Hernando Preservation Soceity is pleased to welcome Bill Dayton as the November meeting guest speaker. Bill is a native of Dade City and member of a family that has practiced law in the community since the 1890's. Bill has always had a fascination with history and archaeology. He is active with the Seminole Wars Foundation in Dade City. Come hear him tell some tales of "Old Pasco County".

Thursday, November 3

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Avenue

Founder Week Events 2016


Tarpon Springs to Boom Town

by:  Mary J. Moses

Historic Hernando Preservation Society ventured to Tarpon Springs Saturday, September 24th. The group was there to take in the museums, shops and fabulous food Tarpon Springs had to offer. The trip, in itself, was a nod to the fifty Greek sponge divers who left Tarpon Springs in 1910 for a new life in Centralia.  

Centralia beckoned people from the silver and gold booms to a new resource, red Tidewater cypress. The seemingly inexhaustible supply drew workers from Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, Finland, Canada, and yes, Tarpon Springs. Centralia, born in 1910, was named after a lumbering and agricultural town by the same name in Wisconsin. It’s many workers, 1,500 in number, required services which Centralia gladly provided. Centralia boasted a one room school house where about two dozen pupils attended, it doubled as a church for Protestants and Catholics. There was a boarding house, the Centralia Hotel and a restaurant called the Hungry None, which served meals day and night. A drug store and a movie house called the Flicker Palace flanked its streets. Centralia was best known for George Gambles Commissary. The huge store supplied dry goods and hardware needs to the town, it stayed open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It carried more stock than any retail store in Tampa or Jacksonville.

Edgar Roberts who owned the Central Cypress Lumber Company, had the most efficiently run saw mill in the area. Double band saws cut rough timber into finished boards. Power for winching and sawing was provided by large steam boilers. Logs were hauled in by train, dumped into a pond, and floated to the mill. Yet, due to the lack of land management, the lumber source ran out in six short years. In 1917 Centralia had 160 acres of land stacked with lumber piles 15 feet high. The mill could turn out 100,000 board feet a day, and on many days it did, but no more.   

Centralia’s final whistle blew on the last day of operation when Robert’s daughter “Queen” pulled it for the last time in 1917. The sound meant to call loggers to work now signaled Centralia’s end.  Centralia officially closed on December  11, 1922 with the closing of the Post Office. Today, all that remains of this once vibrant logging town are the float pond and the ramp up which the great logs were winched, the concrete slab where the water tower stood, and the brick foundations of the sawmill and depot. 

Historic Hernando Preservation Society is currently working on a project to place the nearly forgotten history of Centralia on a Historic Marker. Centralia was located 4-1/2 miles north of Weeki Wachee Springs and east of US 19 Highway, just north of Tooke Lake. The Historic Marker project should be completed in 2017. Donations for the marker can be made on the Centralia Marker Page. You can learn more about Historic Hernando Preservation Society by visiting their web page at historichernandopreservationsociety.org.

Authentic Brooksville: Brooksville Main Street


The Historic Hernando Preservation Society is pleased to welcome local historic preservation consultant, Jo-Anne Peck as the guest speaker at the October 6, 2016 monthly meeting.

Ms. Peck is the Chair of the Design Committee for the recently designated Brooksville Main Street program. She will talk about the Committee's plans for helping the revitalization of the historic downtown area, including goals, financial incentives, design guidelines, and how residents can get involved.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

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