The City of Brooksville’s Chamber Council Members honored The Historic Hernando Preservation Society along with The Hernando Historic Museum Association dedicated to preserving Hernando County’s past  for hosting The 2016 Heritage Day Festival and Home Tours on February 27, 2016. 

The County of Hernando, named in honor of Hernando DeSoto, a Spanish Explorer, was established by an act of State Legislature and Hernando County was created. 

Visitors had the opportunity to walk through 3 Historic homes:

1911 Dawson House is a Colonial Revival – Marion Lindsay Dawson Sr.  had the house built for his wife Alice Taylor Dawson. Marion held two degrees, one of which was Dentistry. He also enjoyed performing in theatre.

1885 Colonel Martin House – This two story house boasted the first basement in Brooksville. He was a local lawyer with a law office above Weeks Hardware. 

1900’s Edrington House was built by Colonel Edrington from the Chingsut Hill Edrington’s.  This home boast a full front two story veranda and at one time a rear detached kitchen.

Music was provided by The Barking Dogs Old Time Jam Group of San Antonio, Sassafras Blue Grass and the Dixie Blue Band.

There was a cake commemorating the 173rd Birthday of Hernando County and over 50 vendors and demonstrators.

Visitors also had the opportunity to visit 1855 May-Stringer House, The 1885 Train Depot and the Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse.


A cake commemorating Heritage Day celebrated the 173rd Birthday of Hernando County.

We were pleased to have a Tram transporting everyone from May-Stringer House to Russell Street.

We had the opportunity to visit
Three  Historic Homes

The Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse enjoyed many visitors.

We had over 50 vendors.

Pony Rides were available by Miracle Ranch from Spring Lake that produce life changing progress in the lives of youth and animals.

Visitors had the opportunity to take pictures in Period Clothes.

Visitors enjoyed Face Painting – Gorgeous!

We were treated to an appearance by Storyteller – Mark Twain.

We saw weaving demonstrations presented by Dade Battlefield
Historic State Park.

We saw a demonstration on how a spinning wheel makes thread from raw cotton.

We witnessed the “Washer Woman” and how clothes were washed in the 1800’s.



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