Historic Hernando Preservation Society

The Magical Springs of Old Florida Lecture

Please join the Historic Hernando Preservation Society in welcoming author Rick Kilby 

The Magical Springs of Old Florida

October 1, 2015

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

First, the Native Americans who inhabited the state considered the pristine waters of springs to be sacred. As European settlers arrived they found the limitless supply of pure water provided by the springs to be an invaluable resource. Near the end of the 19th century, affluent travelers began visiting Florida and many springs become health spas where wealthy patrons could take the waters.

In the twentieth century, tourists started to arrive by car and some springs became roadside attractions with fanciful features like water-skiing elephants and underwater mermaids. Eventually, interstate highways bypassed many of these roadside attractions and they often found new lives as state and county parks. Today many of our state’s “fountains of youths” are at risk, as development threatens our springs and their source, the Floridan aquifer, the origin of most of the state’s drinking water.

With many colorful images throughout the presentation, author Rick Kilby will explore the history of our springs and how these Fountains of Youth became an important part of the state’s early development. He will also examine some the challenges facing these spectacular natural resources as the population of Florida continues to expand rapidly.

Rick Kilby has been a resident of Florida since the mid '60s when his parents migrated from the snowy land of Michigan. Graduating with a degree in graphic design from the University of Florida, Kilby worked as an art director for a Central Florida attraction and a golf company before launching his own graphic design business in 2000. Committed to spreading the gospel about preserving the natural and historic resources of Florida, his mission is to motivate other Floridians to appreciate the wonders of their state. He is the author of Finding the Fountain of Youth. 

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