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.

The interesting story of how Trilby got its name


As you drive through Spring Lake you pass Old Trilby Road. The road is named for a town in present day Pasco. How Trilby got its name is an interesting story. Jeff Miller, historian and retired Pasco County teacher, mentioned this fascinating story of Trilby at a recent West Pasco Historical Society meeting which prompted us to look into the story.