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Around 1840, Fort DeSoto was established in present-day Hernando County
in the northeast edge of present-day Brooksville to protect settlers in
the area from Native Americans. Fort DeSoto became a small community
center, trading post, and way station on the route to Tampa. When
settlement by the fort began around 1845, it was alternatively known as
Pierceville.Then encompassing a significantly larger area of west
central Florida than it does today, Hernando County was officially
established on February 27, 1843, two years prior to Florida's
admission into the Union. It was created from portions of Alachua,
Hillsborough and Orange Counties and included all of present-day Citrus
and Pasco Counties. Named for Spanish explorer Hernando
de Soto, whose name has also been honored in DeSoto County,
Hernando County was briefly renamed Benton County in 1844 for Missouri
Hart Benton, a strong supporter of territorial expansion who
aided in the county's creation. However, Benton fell out of favor with
the county's residents later in the decade due to his decision to
support the Missouri Compromise and the overall reversal of his stance
on slavery, and the county's name reverted in 1850.
In December 1854, the legislature designated the small port town of
Bayport the county seat. Residents living in the eastern section of the
county instead desired a more central place for the county government,
and by 1855, voters had selected an inland site within five miles (8
km) of the center of the county at the town of Melendez. In 1856, the
citizens of Hernando County chose to rename the town, their new County
Seat, Brooksville in honor of South Carolina Representative Preston
Brooks, who in the same year beat fierce abolitionist
Massachusetts Senator Charles
Sumner with a cane in the Senate chambers, winning the
Congressman great renown in the South.
In 1855, town founder Joseph Hale donated land for a county courthouse
in the center of present-day Brooksville. Soon thereafter, the
structure was completed.
During the Civil War, Hernando County primarily contributed foodstuffs,
cotton, and lumber to the Confederacy. Although Union ships imposed a
blockade on the port of Bayport, runners enjoyed a great deal of
success—enough to lead the Union in June 1864 to order some 150–250
troops to destroy Confederate stockpiles in the county. In early July,
the expedition marched northward from Anclote River to Brooksville,
meeting some resistance from assembled Confederate troops hastily
organized to protect the city. The Federal troops won this engagement
(known locally as the Brooksville Raid and marched to Bayport, where
they and an auxiliary force landing from gunboats sacked Rebel
operations. The skirmish between Union raiders and local Confederates
is reenacted annually in the county.
The county courthousewas destroyed by a fire on September 29, 1877. On
June 2, 1887, the Florida State Legislature divided Hernando County
into three independent counties: Pasco County to the south, Citrus
County to the north, and Hernando County in the middle. Since then,
Hernando County's borders have remained unchanged.
Towns and Cities.....
is with my deepest sorrow that I inform
our long time
and leader has passed.
August 05,1943 - September 11, 2016
She was a great friend and helped many within our group
learn to create the lovely pages
find here on our sites.
She is missed greatly and will
forever live on in our hearts, minds, and on our pages.
Rest in Peace
your work is done.
Richard is our New President and State Coordinator.
Please bear with him as he quickly gathers the reins to a large
We are all sure of his abilty to lead us and help us grow.
Please stay tuned as changes are in the wind!