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Hernando Historical Museum

Visit the historic May-Stringer House Museum, 601 Museum Ct. Brooksville FL. The four story home, perched on top of a hill overlooking the city of Brooksville, has over 11,000 artifacts on display. Visitors receive a guided tour by knowledgeable docents lasting 45 minutes to an hour.

For a special treat take a Ghost Tour, on a Friday or Saturday night by reservation only.

You can help.

Volunteers are the nucleus of the museum assoc. They make the organization a success. You can volunteer for as little as three hours a week by training to be a docent or contribute your skills with carpentry, yard work, and special events. We can find a place for you. Contact the volunteer coordinator.

 For information call: 352-799-0129



Open 5 days a week.
Tuesday through Saturday
Hours: 12 noon to 3 pm.

Adults                         $5.00
Children, 6 to 12         $2.00
Children under 6         Free

The May-Stringer Museum is one of three museums in the Hernando County Historical Museums Assoc. a non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

May-Stringer House Museum,
601 Museum Ct. Brooksville FL
1885 Train Depot Museum,
70 Russell St. Brooksville FL
The Countryman One Room Schoolhouse Museum
66 Russell St. Brooksville, FL

All donations great and small are appreciated. You can donate simply by clicking the donation button on the home page of this website. Donations from people like you pay the bills and keep the doors open to the museums for the public to enjoy.



History of the May Stringer House

The Armed Occupation Act ratified by the U.S. congress in 1842, stated: any settler who came to Florida, lived on the land for five years, cultivated five acres, and built a dwelling would be granted 160 acres. Richard Wiggins homesteaded the land were the May Stringer house is located.

John May bought the property in 1855 and built a four-room house. He died in 1858. John May’s wife Marena, continued to live there and she ran the plantation. In 1866 Marena married Frank Saxon, a confederate soldier.  Marena died in 1869 during childbirth.

When Frank Saxon remarried he sold the house to Dr. Sheldon Stringer. Dr. Stringer expanded the house to fourteen rooms and practiced medicine from one of the rooms on the ground floor.

Three generation of the Stringer family lived there before Dr. Earl Hensley and his wife Helen bought the house. They sold it to the Hernando County Historical Museum Assoc. in 1981 to become the May-Stringer House Museum.

The fourteen room, four story house has seven gables and gingerbread trim. In some rooms the ceiling is 10 feet tall. The Museum assoc. has created exhibit rooms with a Victorian Look, and there are rooms devoted to specific themes: A Military Room, an 1880s doctor’s office and a 1900s communication room.





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