Historic Hernando Preservation Society


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

Centralia History

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society has welcomed Sid Taylor as our guest speaker several times over the years. Most recently, she spoke about the history of the town of Centralia. Centralia was a short-lived but significant sawmill town that sprung up in western Hernando County around the turn of the century. At its peak, about 1,200 laborers and their families and support, numbering another 3000, occupied the boom town. After harvesting all 15,000 acres of monster red Tidewater Cypress in less than two decades, the town folded and was completely abandoned. 

We are fortunate to have the Centralia presentation prepared by Ms. Taylor here which is full of history and images. Enjoy!

August Guest Speaker and Auction

"Antique Furniture in Interior Design"
AUGUST 3, 2017 Meeting
Thursday @6:30 pm
​Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center
800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard
Brooksville, FL
The HHPS is pleased to welcome Roger Carlton Sherman, former Board Chairman of the Henry B. Plant Museum in Tampa and a donor to the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg and the Lightner Museum in St. Augustine among others as our August Guest Speaker.  He moved to the Brooksville area from Tampa where he had an historic Green Brothers style bungalow in the Hyde Park Historic District.

Following the presentation we will have a live auction of about 30 items consisting of paintings, engravings, cloisonne, crystal and porcelains.  All the proceeds will go to the Society's Historic Marker Program.  The event will begin at 6:30 with a preview of the auction items beginning at 6:00. Admission is FREE.  Light refreshments will be served.

Please note that due to a scheduling conflict at City Hall, our location for the August 3rd meeting has changed.  The NEW LOCATION for this meeting will be the Brooksville Mining Association Enrichment Center located at 800 John Gary Grubbs Boulevard on US 41 (Broad Street) in Brooksville. (McKethan Park Entrance between O'Reily Auto Parts & Luigis).

July HHPS Meeting

There will be no Historic Hernando Preservation Society meeting in July. The next meeting will be August 3rd, which will feature an our 3rd Antiques Auction. Each previous auction has been a blast, so we expect no less this time.

Auction Items to be Presented in August:

  1. Western Landscape, signed McKan 
  2. Hand Carved Lioness Nut Cracker 
  3. Scott Album, Up Silesia, Vat & Ukraine
  4. Cast Brass 16th Century Style 3 arm candlestick
  5. Pr Cut Glass Lamps on brass bases
  6. Set of 3 classic books in tooled bindings
  7. Jadite Carved Monkeys on domed stand
  8. Garniture of 4 pce, Bee on Oxblood
  9. Modern Paperweight, multi color in egg shape
  10. Antique Cloisonne covered bowl
  11. Antique French Bowl c 1940 Bird
  12. Book, Country Style 
  13. Cloisonne pin dish, floral design 
  14. Set of 4 Mini Coca Cola  glasses 
  15. Framed Still-life print 
  16. Wedgwood Queens Ware Pitcher 
  17. Silverplate Bread Basket Reed & Barton 
  18. Crimping tool and stencil brush, early 20th Century
  19. Seascape signed Elsie Jones 
  20. Original Photo, Yellow Bird by Tom Maple
  21. Hand Painted Berry Bowl, Nippon 
  22. Lead Crystal 10” vase 
  23. Mini Ice Bucket (wine wash) lead crystal 
  24. Pressed Glass Drambuie Decantur
  25. Handpaintd Pitcher, “Renfroe Valley”  1945 by Cash family in Erwin Tennessee
  26. Yellow Pitcher, country style 
  27. Mahogany Clothes pin 

Portrayal of an Irish Soldier from the 1830’s

Last Thursday evening, Steve Rinck entered City Hall dressed in the uniform of an infantry soldier of the 1830’s.  He carried a trunk holding personal items a soldier of that era would value.  Then he spoke in an Irish accent that drew people into the experiences of his well crafted character, Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the US Infantry in 1835.

His story told of his entry into New York Harbor, where Irishmen of his stature were often not valued.  He spoke of his adventures visiting the P.T. Barnum Circus.  Some of the sights he saw included a “Feejee Mermaid,” as well as a “161 year old woman” claiming to be George Washington’s nursemaid. 

His story wound around to include how he enlisted into the U.S. Infantry, and he expounded with a detailed description of his uniform and weapons.  He successfully explained the cartridge box, the forage cap, and why his shoes were called “Jeffersons.”

Mr. Rinck completed the history by describing how Paddy’s company traveled through the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma.  His presentation was informative, entertaining, and well-presented.  His attention to
detail in an interesting fashion held each guest of Historic Hernando Preservation Society spellbound.

HHPS extends a heartfelt “thank you” to Mr. Rinck for composing such an informative program.  

June HHPS Speaker: Steve Rinck

The Historic Hernando Preservation Society it pleased to welcome HHPS member Steve Rinck as our guest speaker at the June 2017 meeting. Mr. Rinck will portray the character of Paddington McCormick, an Irish immigrant who joined the U.S. Infrantry in 1835.  Paddy's company traveled to the wilderness of central Florida Territory to force the Seminoles out to Oklahoma, and he will share the life and lot of a soldier at that time and place. 

All are welcome to attend this unique and interesting program.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

FREE and Open to the Public

May 2017 HHPS Business Meeting

Join the HHPS for the 2017  Second Quarter Business Meeting to be followed with a PotLuck Supper. We will discuss upcoming projects and plans, as well as scheduled speakers. 

Thursday, May 4, 2017

6:30 pm

Brooksville City Hall

201 Howell Avenue, Brooksville

Collector's Day at the Tampa Bay History Center

Do you have a prized personal collection of items that you would like to share with others? If so, the Tampa Bay History Center invites you to be a part of Collectors Day 2017! The purpose of this event is to showcase the role that objects have in our lives; e.g. a connection to the past, a path to knowledge or a way to share one’s interest with others. Be a part of this gallery experience for visitors of all ages as they tour the museum to see the many interesting items on display from over 30 collectors like you and hear the interesting stories behind them!

Collectors Day will be held on Sunday, May 7th from 12pm-5pm Tampa Bay History Center – Downtown Tampa 801 Old Water Street, Tampa FL 33602

How to Apply: Please complete the online application at You will be contacted by a TBHC staff member to discuss your collection, and the policies and procedures for the event.

Please note: Weapons, plants or animals, human artifacts, food or liquids, and items inappropriate to sensitive or younger visitors are not permitted.

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We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month in historic downtown Brooksville at Brooksville City Hall,  201 Howell Ave. Northwest corner of Howell Ave (Main St) and Fort Dade Ave. 

Meetings start at 6:30 pm.


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