by Mary Sheldon, President Hernando Historical Museum Assoc., Inc.
The final resting place of many of western Hernando County’s early settlers lies deep in the overgrown vegetation of palms and vines near Bayport.
The headstones that marked the graves of those people, however, are about 20 miles away at the May-Stringer Museum.
It’s worth the climb to the third floor of the May-Stringer Museum. You’ll find yourself in the base of the tower and at the entrance to the fascinating attic.
This small area serves as an exhibit space for a collection of cameras and photographs. Professional photographers plied their trade during the Civil War. Soldiers often ’sat for their likeness’ so their families would have something to remember them by if they didn’t make it home from the War. Studio portraits were common after the War.
We have now reached December 18, 1941 in our trip to the past. It was an historic month. The Japanese had bombed Pearl Harbor just eleven days before and the United States was at war.
Everyone was behind the effort in big ways, as well as small. For example, a local businessman who volunteered with the Defense Stamp Publicity Sales Program was hosting a movie at the local movie theater.
The Corona Virus has forced more family time at home. Even though we tend to be attached to the electronics of today, there has been a resurgence of entertainment with board games and simple toys.
Sometimes the games of the past were homemade, such as checkers made from corncobs. Dried cobs were sliced into about half-inch sections. Then half were painted red and half were painted black. Placed on a checkered wooden board, the game began.
This is the third installment of my series on looking at past issues of the local newspaper. Our time machine has arrived in the year 1939. There was quite a bit going on both locally and nationally.
Hernando was blessed with a fairly low crime rate as shown in the picture on the front page of the August 4th edition. Rather than have his deputies sit idle, the sheriff put them to work polishing his car.
In the more than a half century that has passed since its creation, Dino certainly has led quite the life. It's a community landmark. It's a community business. It's a dinosaur. And now, it is a certified national landmark.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park has been spotlighted in a nationally cast ray of sunshine, thanks to a video profile of the park hosted by the Midway Main Street YouTube channel.
A frontier outpost. An Antebellum plantation. A progressive-era gathering spot. A conservation site. A grand, large-scale classroom that teaches valuable lessons of nature and history.
Last week I wrote about the interesting old newspapers I found at the May-Stringer House in downtown Brooksville.