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December Annual Meeting: An Auction of Wonderful Things


The Historic Hernando Preservation Society invites all to the December Annual Meeting and Auction of Wonderful Things to be held December 7, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the City Council Chambers at Brooksville City Hall. Elections for the 2018 Board and Officers will take place at the meeting to be followed immediately by a charity antiques and collectibles auction to start at 6:30.

The auction items come from a private collection amassed over 50 years and include engravings, porcelain pieces, silver, carvings, and other collectibles typical of the Victorian and Edwardian era. Proceeds from the auction will benefit local historic organizations and properties in Hernando County as well as go toward funding a historic marker to commemorate Garden Grove, a 1920s planned development south of Brooksville. The auction will be presided over by auctioneer and Board Member, Roger Sherman.

Dinner and elections at 5:30 p.m. to be followed by the auction of over 50 items at 6:30 p.m. Some items to be auctioned can be seen below (L-R Top Row: 7.5 inch cloisonné vase with pigeon and floral tree, One of a pair of Soroco gold wall sconces, Hand blown cranberry art glass with 16 pieces of beaded fruit, Bottom Row: Pale blue peacock motif 4 piece collection “Japan”, Set of six Waterford crystal tumblers, 8 inch cloisonné vase with floral design):

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 5:30 p.m., Auction to begin at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Brooksville City Hall, Council Chambers, 201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville, FL 34601

November Guest Speaker: Richloam General Store

RICHLOAM GENERAL STORE
Historic Hernando Preservation Society
Special Speaker Presentation: Eric Burkes
Thursday, November 2, 2017 @ 6:30PM
Brooksville City Hall
201 Howell Ave, Brooksville 34601

Richloam General Store was built and founded by Sidney Brinson in 1920. The building served as the Express Office, the Post Office and General Store for the community of Richloam until January 31, 1936. In 2016, the building underwent a major renovation and reopened in 2017 as the Richloam General Store. Eric Burkes, the great nephew of Sidney Brinson, will share his presentation on the renovation and restoration of the Richloam General Store and reopening in 2017. Eric will also cover the history of Riverland and Richloam, the land, the railroad, the businesses, and the people.

Founders Week 2017

Come celebrate the City of Brooksville's 161st Anniversary! The festivities begin October 14 with a pet parade, games, downtown market, movie and more and concludes October 21 with an unforgettable downtown bash.

 

Centralia Marker Dedication Ceremony

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society unveiled the newest historic marker this past Saturday, commemorating the historic sawmill town of Centralia. Here's some highlights:

Setting up for the dedication ceremony

Setting up for the dedication ceremony. 

The event program

The marker awaiting its unveiling

Historian Sid Taylor giving some history of Centralia along with some pleas for more research.

Archeologist and major Centralia marker donor William Rosst giving the keynote address.

HHPS Board member Jon Yeager uncovering the marker while HHPS President Don Moses, Commissioners Jeff Holcomb and Wayne Dukes, and William Rosst look on.

Marker Side 1 reads: 

This site was once the location of one of Florida's largest lumber mills. As demand for insect and rot resistant cypress increased, the J.C. Turner Lumber Company began the logging of over 15,000 acres of Red Tidewater Cypress, cedar and pine in coastal Hernando County. The Turner Company financed the construction of the mill in 1910. It was known locally as the Tidewater Cypress Mill. Eighteen miles of narrow-gauge tram lines were laid through the swamp to connect the mill and logging areas to the Tampa Northern Railroad. Laborers used steam-powered skidders to transport cut logs onto railroad cars. The logs were then dumped in a pond near the sawmills. The large double-banded saws, powered by electricity generated from four steam boilers, could cut 100,000 board feet each day. The finished wood was stacked in a 160-acre drying yard for up to four years. The dried wood was sent to the planing mill to become roof shingles, lath, and construction lumber. The finished lumber was sold locally, or transported sixteen miles by rail to Brooksville, where it continued to the port in Tampa and was loaded onto ships headed to the company's wholesale distribution yard on the Hudson River in New York.

Marker Side 2 reads:

Located a few miles north of Weeki Wachee, the "boom town" of Centralia sprang up to support the 1,200 mill workers and their families. The wealth of timber seemed inexhaustible, luring men and industry from all corners of the earth. A post office opened in 1910 followed by other businesses, including a general store, drugstore, Mrs. Varn's Centralia Hotel, the Hungry None Restaurant, and a Greek bakery. The general store, run by George Gamble, boasted more stock than any store in larger towns like Jacksonville or Tampa. Centralia offered other amenities such as a resident doctor and dentist, schoolhouse, and community church offering Catholic and Protestant services. There were no saloons, however, as the mill's general manager, Edgar A. Roberts, forbade drinking. Soda pop was the drink of choice. The trees were exhausted by 1917, and the mill shut down soon after. The town struggled along for a few more years, but was mostly abandoned by the 1920s. Only the foundations of this once mighty mill remain. The Turner company reseeded the land with slash pines in the 1960s. Purchased in 1985 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the land became part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.

 

October Meeting Guest Speaker

"Preservation 101"
October 5, 2017 Meeting
Thursday @ 6:30 pm
​Brooksville City Hall, Council Chambers
201 Howell Avenue
Brooksville, FL
The HHPS is pleased to welcome HHPS board member Jo-Anne Peck as the October guest speaker to provide an overview presentation in Historic Preservation. The lecture will go over the Who, What, Where and Whys of Preserving Historic Buildings. 
 
Jo-Anne Peck is a Historic Preservation Consultant that has focused on Florida history and architecture for over 20 years. Starting in 1999, she began working on the Tampa Interstate Study project which involved the relocation and renovation of 64 historic buildings with Ybor City, Tampa Heights, and West Tampa. Having realized her ultimate preservation project, she and her husband took a side path and created Historic Shed, a custom outbuilding design-build company that creates attractive garden sheds, garages and cottages that complement historic homes.

Ms. Peck has an undergraduate degree in Building Science, a Master’s of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation and is a licensed Florida Building Contractor. She has found designing and building little structures even more fun than expected.

She has lived in Hernando County since 2006.

 

Field Trip to the Florida Pioneer Museum

Join the HHPS for a fun day at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village.  The museum complex includes Overstreet House, a one-room schoolhouse, a church, a train depot, a train engine, and a museum exhibition of tools, household items, antiques and farm equipment. Costs for admission is $6 senior, $8 adult, $4 student.

Location: 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd, Dade City, FL 33523

Date: November 4, 2017

Time: Meet at the admissions entrance at 10 am

Town of Centralia Historic Marker Dedication Ceremony

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society will dedicate a State Historical Marker near Centralia Road and Commercial Way in Hernando County on Saturday, September 23rd @ 10 AM.  Centralia was a large logging and mill town which existed in Hernando County over one hundred years ago.  Although now a ghost town, this short lived town of Centralia had an impact on Hernando County’s history to this day.  The dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 23 @ 10AM.  Light refreshments will be served.  The ceremony will be held approximately 6 miles north of Weeki Wachee,  just south of Centralia Road on Commercial Way.  This event is sponsored by the Historic Hernando Preservation Society.  

WHAT:  Dedication ceremony of State Historical Marker for the TOWN OF CENTRALIA

WHEN:  Saturday,  September 23, 2017  @ 10AM

WHERE: Centralia Road and Commercial Way, approximately 6 miles north of Weeki Wachee.

For information:  www.historichernandopreservationsociety.org

To email:               hernandpreservation@gmail.com

Quarterly Business Meeting

Join the HHPS for the 2017 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 7th

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Brooksville City Hall
201 Howell Ave, Brooksville, FL 34601

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