Local Students Compete in National History Fair


Last week two local high school students - Abbie Kiser and William An traveled to Washington D.C. to compete in the National History Fair. Although they did not win at the national level, it was quite an achievement for them to make it to the finals. 

Abbie Kiser had placed second in the state competition in Tallahassee in the Individual Exhibit category/Senior Division with her project entitled “The Black Swallow of Death.” It was the culmination of many months of research and work building her exhibit. 

History of the Hernando County Public Library System

Many people have given generously of their time, expertise, money and even building materials, such as brick and sand, to make the county's library system the valued community asset that it is today. In 1910 the Brooksville Woman's Club formed and operated the first free lending library in Hernando County. By 1917 the collection totaled 1,083 volumes valued at$833. The Extension Service helped to give access to the library by delivering books to distant parts of the county where the extension agents were conducting various demonstration projects.

Retired Texas judge Sandy Prindle to Speak about the Lincoln Assassination

Retired Texas judge Sandy Prindle will present a program at the Salishan retirement Center at 191 Astaire, Spring Hill, Florida on April 30th, at 3:30 pm on the Abraham Lincoln assassination.

His new book "Booth's Confederate Connections" will present proof of Confederate complicity. Prindle's book's forward was written by Civil War History Professor Steven Woodworth of TCU. Woodworth has a doctor's degree from Rice University.

Margaret Rogers Ghiotto, Great Brooksvillian 2003

Hernando Sun Writer

At 10 years old, Margaret Rogers would see Brooksville through her young little eyes, as a child in the late 1920s. Dirt roads. Bicycles. Oatmeal on the breakfast table, was a common meal choice among children. World War One had been lingering on the minds of all Americans, especially small town America whose loved ones had been off to war and many had not returned by the time it ended in 1918. 

Chocochatti: one of Florida's first Seminole settlements

The Hernando Preservation Society along with the Gulf Archaeology Research Institute (GARI) and the Seminole Tribe of Florida are undertaking a two-year archaeological study of the Chocochatti Seminole Village. Chocochatti is already a Florida Historical Landmark site with a marker on the truck bypass portion of Highway 50 a little east of Emerson Rd.

Dade Battlefield Society Commemorating WWII for Over Twenty Years

Since 1995, Members of Dade Battlefield Society has been organizing the World War II event at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park and as each year goes by, more and more living historians take a role in re-enacting the World War II history.

“We are sharing the culture of times of the 1940s particularly during the war years, not only military culture but civilian culture,” said Steven Rinck President of the Dade Battlefield Society.

James T. ‘Tokey’ Walker: “Never did the expected”

For about 30 years, a mystical little fairy-tale house stood in the midst of a forest, right here in Hernando County. Some have even referred to its similarity to Christopher Robin's Hundred Acre Woods, enticed with a magical child-like feeling.

It's vaulted ceilings once pointed directly to the warm sunlight, encompassed with floor-to-ceiling windows, portraying a castle-like picturesque image for many admirers, especially young children. The magical little house was even painted the same hue of blue as Cinderella's ballroom gown.

Fort Dade Capitulation


An important event that happened nearby but has has been largely forgotten is the “Fort Dade Capitulation.” In March of 1837 General Thomas S. Jesup and the Seminole Chiefs Jumper and Alligator met at Fort Dade and signed the Capitulation. The agreement was to end the fighting associated with the Second Seminole War; with the Seminoles agreeing to be relocated to a tribal area in the Oklahoma Territory.

The Brooksville Raid's "Fighting Parson"

Hernando Sun Writer

This year marks the 39th Annual Brooksville Raid reenactment. The raid commemorates the  1864 Civil War raid of the Hernando County area by the Union army. The purpose of the Brooksville Raid was to disrupt the supplies that were coming from the region to support the Confederate army. Some of the targets of the raid were local cattle herds, crops, and a salt works.The raid did not burn the major settlements, but the homes of prominent citizens were burned and their crops and cattle were taken.