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Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 to 12, free for children 5 and younger. The Brooksville 1885 Railroad Depot Museum at 70 Russell Street includes a restored 1800s dining car, a 1925 fire truck and displays of items used in early Florida Cracker life. Also along this road where it bends toward State Road 50 are three cemeteries, including the Spring Hill African-American Cemetery, where slaves and prominent black residents were buried dating back to the Civil War.Citrus Attraction At Boyett Groves is a theme park and zoo where visitors can experience a unique variety of activities.There is a wildlife park, aviary, aquarium, ice cream parlor, the dinosaur cave and gold mine exhibits and miniature golf.Designated as a National Recreation Trail, Tom Varn Park has a variety of amenities including racquetball, horseshoe, tennis and basketball courts.The park also has a gymnasium, stadium and softball complex.As one of west-central Florida’s oldest towns formed by white settlers, Brooksville has a large concentration of structures from the 1870s and 1880s, Badgley says. The city’s founding families settled here in the 1840s, establishing plantations dependent on slave labor.
Remnants of the city’s pre-Civil War origins remain, including a Confederate monument that stands before the county courthouse. Some of the buildings from that era – and many more from the late-1800s and early 1900s – are still standing.
Other historical structures on the walking tour include Classical Revival homes with porch columns and balustrades, the old city hall, the 1885 brick Grimsley country store, a “shanty” possibly dating to the 1840s, service stations from the 1930s, and many others dotting a dozen streets and avenues around historic downtown Brooksville.
To schedule a walking tour of Brooksville or get more information, call Mary Moses at 813-470-0074, Jan Knowles at 352-279-5182 or Jon Yeager 352-608-4221. The May-Stringer House is home to the Hernando Heritage Museum at 601 Museum Court in Brooksville. 41 or Jefferson Street through downtown Brooksville.
It’s a white clapboard structure now converted to a two-sided garage.
He passes the Cook-Coogler House, dating from before 1917, originally a one-story Florida Cracker house converted to a two-story bungalow in the 1920s or 1930s, and a completely original Victorian house dating to 1887 — the Burnell-Barnett House — with a two-story veranda wrapping around three sides.
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