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Upcoming Events

Founders Week
Oct 19 8:00 AM 5:00 PM

Founders Week

 


Cemetery Tour
Oct 19 10:00 AM 11:00 AM

 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:00AM - 11:00AM

The Historic Brooksville Cemetery
Tour
October 15 & 19, 2019

10:00 AM

FREE
Meet at the Cemtery
1275 Olmes Road Brooksville, Fl. 34601


UN-COMMON-LY Artsy - A Main Street Event
Oct 19 10:00 AM 2:00 PM

uncommonly Artsy Logo - Every 4th Saturday of the Month Art Exhibitor Market Live Music, Food Trucks & Art

LOCATED ON MAIN STREET

Every 3th Saturday of the Month
Art Exhibitor Market
Live Music, Food Trucks & Art 

https://www.historicdowntownbrooksville.com/


The Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams traveling exhibition
Oct 19 10:00 AM 4:30 PM

The Smithsonian’s 
Hometown Teams 
traveling exhibition

With Special Speakers

 

 

 

 


Brooksville Blues In Cruise In
Oct 19 5:00 PM 9:00 PM

Brooksville
Blues In - Cruise In
Car Show, Entertainment
& Vendors


City Council Meeting
Oct 21 7:00 PM

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History of Brooksville

Welcome to Historic Brooksville bannerBrooksville, County Seat of Hernando County for more than one hundred years, was originally known as Melendez and was settled about 1845. A map printed in 1855 shows the town of Melendez as being the Capital of Benton County, now Hernando County.

Fort DeSoto, a military fort established about 1840 to give protection to settlers from Indians, was located at the northeastern edge of present day Brooksville on Croom Road about one-half mile east of U.S. Highway 41. Fort DeSoto was also a trading post and a regular stop on the Concord Stage Coach Line which ran from Palatka to Tampa.

The fort was built on top of a heavy bed of limerock, a fact which they were unaware of at the time, and this made it exceedingly difficult to obtain water, thus causing this location to be abandoned as a community site. As a result, in the early 1840's the population shifted about three miles to the south where a community first settled by the Hope and Saxon families became known as Pierceville. About this time, another community about two miles northwest of Pierceville sprang up and was known as Melendez.

Brooksville was established in 1856, and grew and developed from a consolidation of these two communities, and was incorporated October 13, 1880.

The City of Brooksville, as we know it today, was settled by four pioneer families: the Howell family which settled the northern part of town; the Jon L. Mays family which settled the eastern part of town; the Hale family on the west; and the Parsons family on the south.

Brooksville is a full service City with a Council-Manager form of Government and an estimated population of 8,000. Located at the intersections of U.S. 41, U.S. 98, and Florida State Road 50 in Hernando County, Brooksville is about forty-five miles north of Tampa and fifteen miles east of the Gulf of Mexico and is nestled among beautiful, rolling hills.

It is a thriving residential-commercial community which has experienced continuous growth while preserving its original charm. There are several modern medical facilities, including Bayfront Health Brooksville, Oak Hill Community Hospital and Bayrfont Health Spring Hill serving the area, a campus of Pasco-Hernando State College located at the edge of the city, and a thriving, busy, business section with eleven shopping centers, with a regional airport located six miles south of the city. There are three city parks Bud McKethan, Tom Varn and Russell Street Park with walking trails, sports, and picnicking facilities,an excellent library and many other desirable features.

Brooksville and Hernando County are rich in southern hospitality, motivated by visions of tomorrow.

 

For more information on historical Brooksville visit:

Brooksville Hernando Web Museum

Heritage Museum

Florida Office of Cultural & Historical Programs

Historic Brooksville Walking/Driving Tour Guide