Lauren Dodson, raised in Masaryktown was visiting her father, Larry Dodson, who is acting President of the Masaryktown Community Center back in February. She stumbled upon a foundation sign from a school house that has been long gone.
The sign stated "School founded in 1925." She also remembers a photo that showed around 100 Slovakians with the caption stating, “On December 5, 1925 these Slovaks arrived from New York City.”
She realized that December 5th, 2015 would mark the 90th Anniversary of the date many Slovakians arrived from New York to make their home and life here in Hernando County. According to Richard Stanaback, A History of Hernando County 1840-1976, a New York City editor of a Czechoslovakian newspaper, Joseph Joscak, conceived the idea of establishing a town on the border of Hernando and Pasco counties in 1924. He along with fellow Czech associates formed the Hernando Plantation Company and invested in 24,000 acres for $32.50 per acre. The town was named after Thomas G. Masaryk (1850-1937), who was first President of Czechoslovakia and resistance leader during World War I.
Larry Dodson worked tirelessly to put this celebration together for the community. “It gives me a lot of hope for the future of it,” Lauren Dodson said.
The Celebration carries on until Sunday, December 6th, with great vendors from artists to kites and of course those awesome carnival rides. A park dedication is to take place Sunday at 5pm.
Masaryktown Community Center, 539 Lincoln Ave, Brooksville, FL 34604