Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Preserving Hernando County's PAST


Historic Homes Workshop

The WWM Historic Homes Workshop holds its 9th annual event February 10th through 18th at the Wood Window Makeover campus located at 1706 W. Cypress St, 33606. Old house professionals from across the nation converge and unite to empower the next generation of old house lovers. With over 80,000 buildings in the Tampa Bay area that are historic/vintage/old, there’s 80,000 reasons to come to the Historic Homes Workshop. More information is available at woodwindowmakeover.com/historic-homes- workshop, or contact Steve Quillian at 813-404- 6498

The workshop begins Friday, February 10 at 6:00 pm with a catered kick-off party to allow guest to meet and network. Saturday morning beginning at 9:00am, the Historic Homes Workshop showcases “how to” sessions with the professionals. Some of the sessions feature guests from out of town, such as Craig Bennett from Bennett Preservation Engineering in Charleston, South Carolina, Amy Swift from Building Hugger in Detroit, Michigan and Ty McBride from Wood Window Rescue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Other sessions feature local favorites such as Scott Sidler, the best-selling author and preservation contractor of Austin Home Restorations in Orlando, Jo-Anne Peck of Historic Shed in Brooksville and Steve Quillian from Wood Window Makeover in Tampa. The cost to attend these two days is $50.

Consistent with America’s recent cultural shift to the trades, the Historic Homes Workshop’s main draw is the “Hands-On” element that begins Sunday morning, February 12 at 8:00am at the Seminole Heights United Methodist Church in Tampa. This is our “Pros teaching Joes.” Historic Window Preservation Professionals from all over Florida and the United States are coming together to donate their time and skills to teach participants how to bring old windows back to life, by actually restoring the windows on the church building. Over the past two years, participants have donated almost $40,000 worth of restoration services.

Three people who have attended the “Hands-On” element actually started their own window restorations business in Tampa Bay this year, making Tampa a hot spot for historic window restoration and Historic Preservation. The cost to attend these three days is $200. Bill Hunter, secretary of the Old Seminole Heights Neighborhood Association said about the 2015 Historic Homes Workshop, “I enjoyed your window event very much. It was a great experience and I learned a great deal. Please let me know of any future ones like it.”

To conclude the Historic Homes Workshop, host Wood Window Makeover will train participants in all aspects of the historic window restoration business, from basic mechanics and restoration procedures to marketing strategies and practical business administration. The goal is to certify participants and set them up to begin earning money right away in the blossoming window restoration trade. Cost to attend these 9 days is $2500.

The goal of the Historic Homes Workshop has always been to empower those who love old buildings with knowledge of materials and methods they need to care for their buildings. With 80,000 historic/vintage/old buildings in the Tampa Bay area alone, a new goal of empowering and equipping the next generation of those who love old buildings has begun. Steve Quillian, founder of Wood Window Makeover and the Historic Homes Workshop, has made it his personal goal for each historic neighborhood to have a competent historic window restorer of its own.

Quick Facts about the Historic Homes Workshop:

  •  This is the 9 th Annual Historic Homes Workshop
  •  February 10th -18th, 2016
  •  16 Useful workshop sessions on Saturday, Feb. 11
  •  Hand-on Pros and Joes workshop Sunday, Feb 12
  •  Donated over $35,000 the past two years, more this year.
  •  Professionals from across the United States contribute
  •  People from as far away as Canada come to attend.

About the Historic Homes Workshop: An event that brings a broad spectrum of people together to empower them to love old buildings. More information and registration is at woodwindowmakeover.com/historic-homes- workshop

Dr. Roger Landers Recipient of the LeeAnne Shoeman Award

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society was delighted to present Dr. Roger Landers with the LeeAnne Showman Award for Preservation for 2016 at the January 5th meeting. Dr. Landers is one of Hernando County’s leading historians and was a teacher, principal and district administrator in the Hernando County School System for nearly 33 years.

Dr. Landers received a Doctorate Degree from Florida State University. He has been a leading figure in historic research in our county and a major contributor in both lecturing and writing of Brooksville history. His most recent publication, Hernando County Florida: One hundred years or thereabout, covers history from 1842 to 1945. He has been an advisor for the Heritage Museum and the Hernando County Genealogical Society as well as an active member of the Seminole War Society and the Brooksville historic Round Table. He was instrumental in the development of research conducted at Bayport in 2008-2010 and became a principal adviser for the creation of the Hernando Historic Preservation Society.

Dr. Landers contributed substantial financial support for the Cultural Resource Assessment of Hernando County, Florida by the Gulf Archeological Research Institute in 2009, and he recently donated an important and significant Hernando County paleontological specimen to the Hernando County Historical Museum.  

He has been credited as being a key figure in local history with Virginia Jackson, Executive director of the Heritage museum, Jan Knowles, former museum president, and Bob Martinez, history magazine publisher.

The LeeAnne Shoeman Award is presented annually to a person who has contributed to understanding of the historic significance of Hernando County, and or the furthering of historic education in Hernando County. It is named in honor of LeeAnne 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 City Hall in Brooksville. 


February HHPS Meeting and Guest Speaker

Join the HHPS for the 2017 First Quarter Business Meeting to be followed with a PotLuck Supper. Board member Jo-Anne Peck will speak about the Brooksville Main Street Design Committee's plans for the year.

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, February 2, 2017

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

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.



The Historic Hernando Preservation Soceity is pleased to welcome


Mr. Marshall will discuss the Brooksville Raid of 1864 as described in period sources, notably the journals and memoirs of participants. Key personalities among the commanders of both sides and the results of the raid will be examined.

FREE and open to the public

Thursday, January 5th 6:30 pm
Brooksville City Hall
City Council Chambers
201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601



Brooksville Parade 2016

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society took second place for the best commercial float thanks to Jamie and Robert Aubery of J. Rayne Photography who built a Time Machine! Members of the HHPS dressed up to represent Christmas throughout the Ages.

A million thanks to the Auberys for their hard work!


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

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

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