History

Florida Courthouse fires following the Civil War

The burning of the Hernando County Courthouse in 1877 is indicative of the lawless period that followed the Civil War. Many of the men returning from the war had seen unspeakable things. The people who had stayed behind had been raided by both sides either seeking supplies or destroying them. 

After the Civil War the reconstruction laws put the Military incharge of running the former Confederate states. The reconstruction laws also disenfranchised all officers and elected officials of the Confederacy.

The Fabulous Mizells

As you drive down Culbreath Road shortly after you pass the sign for Fort Taylor Cemetery there is a road off to left called Mizell Road.The Mizell’s were a prominent early family in Hernando County.

The Florida Mizells are descendants of Huguenots who migrated to the North Carolina area before the Revolutionary War. In 1838, David Mizell Sr. moved to Lake City with a large family. His sons spread out across Florida.

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.”