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Notes from the Museums / The Gifts on Schedule

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The Christmas and New Year holidays bring on childlike excitement in both children and adults. Part of the emotions spring from the anticipation of giving and receiving gifts. When the Train Depot on Russell Street in Brooksville opened in 1885, it became a hub of shipping and receiving some of those gifts. Hernando County was a large producer of citrus between devastating freezes. Tangerines were the big seller. In 1933, Senator Hugh Hale sent a box of Brooksville tangerines to President Elect Franklin Roosevelt while he was in Warm Springs, GA. A copy of FDR’s thank you note is included in Alfred A. McKethan’s book Hernando County Our Story.                     Today, the Depot museum has a display of citrus crates, a grove smudge pot, and various citrus packer crate labels. The colorful labels are also available in the May-Stringer gift shop. There are both individual labels and framed items available. 

The Museums are open!  Reservations are recommended.       The May-Stringer – Tours Thursday, Friday & Saturday. 352-799-0129  

 The 1885 Depot – Tours Wednesday, Friday & Saturday. 352-799-4766       

 The Countryman One Room Schoolhouse – By appointment. 352-515-3054 or 630-464-2313

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Summer Hampton
Summer Hampton
Summer Hampton is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in communication focused in culture and media. She is Poynter ACES certified in editing through the Poynter Institute, with a certificate of book publishing obtained through the University of Denver.
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