History

Fort Taylor: Third Seminole War Fort

The one historical fort in Hernando County that we have sign for, indicating its location  is Fort Taylor. The sign does not actually list the fort but rather Fort Taylor Cemetery. Fort Taylor appears to have been mainly a Third Seminole War fort which lasted from 1855 to 1858. 

It is not mentioned in the list of Second Seminole War forts in Hernando County from the 1830s and 40s which were Fort Cross, Fort Annutteliga, and Fort De Soto. The Second Seminole War lasted from 1835 to 1842.

Billy the Kid to visit the 1885 Train Depot Museum in Brooksville

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear the story of William H. Cox II, “BILLY THE KID.”  He recounts his adventure of 30 years ago when he experienced a life-changing event that found him literally living in the footsteps of the legendary figure of the wild wild West, William H. Bonney,  known infamously as “Billy the Kid.”  Billy has written an autobiography about his life and adventures entitled: “The Adventures & Times of William H. Cox II, Billy the Kid.”  

History of Fort Cooper and the Cove of the Withlacoochee

The Second Seminole War fought from 1835 to 1842 included several battles in the area surrounding the Withlacoochee between the Seminoles and the United States Military. The most well known of these battles was at Dade Massacre in Sumter County, where on December 23, 1835 the Seminoles wiped out 110 US troops. The troops were on a resupply mission from Fort Brooke in Tampa to Fort King in Ocala.

Some wingbone turkey call history

Toby Benoit

Cherokee Style, Wingbone Turkey Yelper

If you have spent any time around turkey hunting, you have probably heard of wingbone callers. They are turkey calls that are made from the actual bones found in a wild turkey’s wing. Historians and archaeologists say that wingbone turkey calls date back perhaps 6500 years. Native Americans made yelper calls from the three bones found in the wing of a turkey: the radius (the smallest bone), the ulna and the humerus (the biggest bone).

Church at Heart of Black History

by ADON TAFT

Adon Taft

Any history — including Black history — of what now is the United States must begin with the church and the faith it represents.

When Juan Ponce de Leon planted a cross in Florida soil on Easter Sunday, 1513, and took formal possession of the land around what now is St. Augustine in the name of Ferdinand of Spain, religion lay claim to the history of the region.

Possessing the land for the Spanish sovereign was the same as taking title for the Roman Catholic Church, for the king was the secular head of the church by direct commission of the Pope.