Historic Hernando Preservation Society

Heritage Day Festival and Home Tour 2015

The Hernando Historical Museum Association and Historic Hernando Preservation Society are pleased to host Heritage Day, February 21st, 2015 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The event will be held at the historic Brooksville Train Depot Museum, located at 70 Russell Street in Brooksville. The event will feature Historic Home Tours, as well as a tour of the 1855 May-Stringer Museum, the 1885 Train Depot and new One-Room Schoolhouse. For your pleasure, vendors, demonstrators, pony rides, crafts and activities for all ages will be included. This year we will feature a petting zoo for the children, and tram rides to the historic homes on tour.

Vendors will be on site to sell food and refreshments. Entertainment will also be provided free of charge. A Silent Auction is also a part of the festivities. Come celebrate all things Hernando!

The Historic Home Tour will feature 3 historic homes in downtown Brooksville as well as three Museum buildings. A tram will be available for transportation between the properties. 


Historic Home tours Beginning at 10:00.  Last tour at 3:30.

  • 133 S. Brooksville.  1908 Coogler House. Owner Carey Carlson. This is one of the nicest classic Revival Houses on the Nature Coast.  It was built for T.S. Coogler, a local attorney who practiced law in this house.  It was later owned by Monroe Treiman.

"Brooksville Hist Dist04b" by Ebyabe - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

"Brooksville Hist Dist04b" by Ebyabe - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

  • 312 S. Brooksville. 1901 Malis House.  This Classic Revival house was built by Brooksville's only Greek residents, brothers George and Nick Malis and their families.  The brothers worked in Centrallia. The house was featured in the 1972 horror film "Death Dream".

  • 117 S. Brooksville.  1890 Sacco-Chastain house. Owners Lee and Paula Whitaker.  This house once had a wrap around 2-story veranda, typical of early Brooksville houses.  It has since been enclosed to make way for one more room.  The rear has a detached kitchen that most likely predates the house.

  • 601 Museum CtMay Stringer House Museum. Built c. 1856-1880. Queen Anne style former residence that now serves as the Hernando Historical Museum. 

  • 70 Russell Street. Railroad Depot Museum. Original depot built in 1885 filled with displays of local history and railroad paraphernalia. 

Heritage Day is free to the public. Historic Home Tour tickets will be available on site. Adults are $15.00, children 6-12 are $5.00, and children 5 and under are free. If you have any questions regarding this event, or if you wish to apply as a participant, please call Mary at 813-470-0085. We look forward to seeing you at this educational, family friendly event!


In the Entertainment Gazebo:
     9 am-10:30 Jerry Pearson
     11-12   J.D. Lewis Band
     12:00 Heritage Day Cake Cutting
     1-4 Barking Dogs Old Time Jam Group
At the May-Stringer House Museum:
     12:30 Presentation of "People's Choice Award" for the Antique Car Show
     9 am to 1 pm Antique Car Show
     Margaret Hiines spinning on the front porch of the May Stringer House throughout the event
At the 1884 Train Depot:
     Children's Train Ride all day
     Old Fashioned Cake Walk all day or until the cakes run out
     Silent Auction
Food Court:
     K J Mini Donuts
     Peanut Shack
     Southern Dawgs
     Fire Roasted Corn
     Rita's Italian Ice
Vendors & Demonstrators:
     Sunset Corvette and Classic Car Club
     5 Alarm Party Rentals
     Barn Cat Honey
     Brookstone WInes
     Florida Friendly Landscape
     Judith Noring Carlson, Author
     Jerry Cowling, Writer/storyteller
     Pioneer toys
     Seminole camp
     Friends of Chinsegut
     Rita Grant, Master Gardner
     Craft Bazaar
     Civil War
     The Florida Confederate Memorial Wall
     Dan Luddeke,  Author
     Winding Waters DAR
     Southwest Jewelry
     Hemetite Jewelry
     Kenjo's Tree Service/Arborist
     Two Chicks Dyeing
     Naked Tree Photography
     Ralph Parker, Author
     Historic Shed
     Hernando County Public Library
     Seminole Wars
     Roady's Paracord Merchandise
     One string musical instruments
     Scentsy Fragrances
     Floral City Soap works

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