History

Re-enactors bringing history to life

By MEGAN HUSSEY
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The forgotten battle that started a war. This is how Bill Gruber, park manager of The Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, describes Dade's Battle of 1835; a pivotal battle in American history that will be reenacted Jan. 4 and 5 at the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park.

"What I hope people will take away from this reenactment is a real appreciation of Florida history and American history," said Gruber. "Many history buffs never have heard of this battle, let alone the general public."

Contribute to the Weeki Wachee History Harvest Event

On Saturday, September 14, 2019 the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is holding an event to harvest the history of Weeki Wachee Springs. They are interested in items related to the history of Weeki Wachee such as photos, postcards, tickets, written remembrances, souvenirs, posters, newspaper articles, costumes or even stories. UCF staff will be onsite to make digital copies of items and they will return the originals. They will also record stories and conduct interviews. 

Newspaper clipping MYSTERY

By ROCCO MAGLIO
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A little while ago the Hernando Sun came into possession of an interesting piece of history. It was a piece of flashing from a roof with a newspaper article printed on it. Our first thought was that maybe it was a plate from printing the newspaper, but then the writing would have been a mirror image, so that when the ink was transferred to the newsprint it would be correct. 

Capt. James McKay Sr. stuck between the Union and the Rebels

by ROCCO MAGLIO
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Captain James McKay Sr. had numerous connections to Hernando County. He was the father of Almeria Belle Mackay Lykes “Mama Allie,” the matriarch of the prominent Hernando County Lykes Family.  

The Lykes’ home was “the original Spring Hill” and is located off of Fort Dade Ave and Citrus Way. On Capt. McKay’s first voyage to the area, he was shipwrecked on the shoals in Chassahowitzka Bay.

Richloam Historic Marker Dedication

By ROCCO MAGLIO

The Richloam General Store celebrated the unveiling of their second Historic Marker. They have a Historic Marker at the general store. The second marker was a few hundred feet further down the road at the current ranger station. This marker denotes the site of the Schroder Land and Timber Company (SLTC) Clubhouse. The SLTC was a large timber and turpentine producer who also split up and sold small portions of their land to the public. The clubhouse was built in 1916 and was sold to the U.S.

Local Students Compete in National History Fair

by SARAH NACHIN
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

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.