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1885 Train Depot

 

May Stringer House
Historic Train Depot
One Room School House
Ghost Tours
May-Stringer House
601 Museum Ct.
Brooksville, FL 34601
352-799-0129
OPEN: Tuesday thru Saturday
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

1885 Train Depot
70 Russell St.
Brooksville, FL 34601
352-799-4766
OPEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse
66 Russell St.
Brooksville, FL 34601
609-464-2313 or 352-515-3054
OPEN:Tuesday thru Friday 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Ghost Tours
May-Stringer House or Train Depot
352-556-9571
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

2017 Halloween
Haunted House
October 20th & 21st
October 27th & 28th

October’s News

 

After a very slow start...Irma...we had a houseful on Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live and a visit from the local AARP organization.

There are three new displays for fall.  The first is a display of the depot’s early years...and soon we will have Suzanne Touchton’s book about the early depot. 

A gentleman came in during Museum Day Live and had lived just a few blocks from the depot in the early thirties. He said he remembers seeing livestock being carried into Brooksville by rail.

The second display is the story of the Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida which operated for over 100 years as a slave labor camp.  Mr. Gaddy will have his book for sale soon.  His book is titled, “They Told Me Not to Tell”.

The third display is of vintage toy trains and other vehicles.

Come and visit and enjoy a stroll through old Hernando County.

 

The Brooksville Historical Train Depot
1885
Today

The 1885 Train Depot Museum is located at 70 Russell St. Brooksville FL, 34601, between S. Main St. and S. Brooksville Ave. On the Main St corner is the Russell St. Park, complete with picnic tables and walking path. Behind the museum is the Florida Good Neighbor Bike Trailhead. Next door is the Countryman Family One Room School House Museum.

The structure is the original depot built on this exact spot in 1885. The Hernando Heritage Museum Association acquired the building in 1991 and turned it into the Train Depot Museum.  The association volunteers are dedicated to bringing Train history, Florida and Hernando County history alive for the visitors.

View artifacts from early 1800 Hernando County settlers, industry and the ghost town of Centralia.

HISTORIC SIDEWALK

On September 22, 2014, Don Moses, on behalf of the Historic Hernando Preservation Society, presented the City of Brooksville with a proposal to save a portion of historic sidewalk from the corner of Howell and Olive Street.  This particular piece of sidewalk bore the date January 6, 1914.  This sidewalk was raised to accommodate carriages, and allowed ladies to disembark the carriage without showing their ankle.  It was a piece of history that could have been lost during the 2015 demolition. Bill Geiger, Community Development Director of Brooksville, agreed to coordinate with Historic Hernando Preservation Society and the contractors to preserve this section of sidewalk.

The Hernando Historical Museum Association President, Ron Daniel and the Museum Board agreed to the placement of the sidewalk at the 1885 Train Depot on Russell Street in Brooksville. Daniel Construction donated the gravel necessary to form a bed for the placement, and Accuform Signs of Brooksville donated the historical signage explaining the historical significance of the sidewalk.  At the dedication, President Don Moses shared the significance of historical preservation.  Mary Sheldon of the Museum Association spoke of the importance of preserving artifacts.  Bill Geiger of the City of Brooksville spoke of the significance of organizations working together to preserve history.  All three shared in the ribbon cutting ceremony on January 9th, 2016. This day was the culmination of planning and coordinating that would save a piece of history for the Historic Hernando Preservation Society and the Hernando Historical Museum Association.

The ribbon cutting took place following the dedication of the walkway of the Countryman One Room Schoolhouse.  This dedication marked the one-year anniversary of the schoolhouse dedication.  Gretchen Countryman and Mary Waller of the Hernando Historical Museum Association planned and executed this wonderful community event.  Attendees were treated to hand embossed programs to take home from the event as souvenirs. 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Margaret Mead

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