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History & Mystery at Chinsegut Dinner Benefit

June 18, 2016 – Brooksville, FL – Sixty people arrived at Chinsegut Hill Manor House, gathering on the magnificent wrap-around porch for the evening’s festivities to benefit one of Brooksville’s historic treasures.

The sky was ominous, but Sherry Pedonesi, Friends of Chinsegut Hill’s President, lit up the area with her welcoming smile as she served chilled lemon-infused water to guests. Hors d’ovres, including marinated olives, spicy feta, hummus, mushroom pate and crackers were generously laid out for the first course of this five-course dinner event.

The Spring Hill Waterfall: a welcoming landmark for nearly 50 years

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this unspoiled piece of Florida.

The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida communities. They created the name Deltona by combining Daytona and Delray. It was through Deltona Corporation that Spring Hill, an unincorporated area of Hernando County between Clearwater and Brooksville, was planned and built.

Giving Historical Context to the 1860's and 70's

On September 29, 1877 the original Hernando County courthouse burned down. According to the Oct. 6, 1877 edition of the Sunland Tribune it was not an accident "From the rapidity with which the flames spread there is little doubt but that the incendiary made free use of kerosene oil. The floors had just been carpeted with a layer of sawdust in preparation of the expected term of court, and it is surmised that this offered a good medium next the walls and partitions for saturation with the inflammable fluid."

Lake Townsen Renaming Update

When we spoke with Melba Peters Ward, Istachatta Historian, in 2015, she expressed a desire to change the name Lake Townsen to reflect its historical namesake Francis M. Townsend and original name Lake Townsend. This would require re-adding a "d" to Townsen. Mrs. Ward expressed a desire to hand draw a D on the Lake Townsen to correct the historical mistake. As a tribute to Mrs. Ward after her passing a group of people set out to correct the name of Lake Townsen.

Florida History Fair Winners

TALLAHASSEE– The Museum of Florida History is pleased to announce the winners of the annual Florida History Fair (FHF) contest held in Tallahassee May 1–3. More than 50,000 students from around Florida participated in Florida History Fair this year and the top entries from each county competed at the state contest. At the event, outstanding history teachers from across the state were also recognized and presented with awards.

Article from the Past: Superintendent Russell's Card

This week's "article from the past" is actually a candidate statement from incumbent Superintendent A.M.C. Russell in the May 1908 election.

Published in: Southern Argus, Thursday, May 7, 1908

TO THE VOTERS OF HERNANDO COUNTY:

As a faithful public servant, I offer myself a candidate for re election to the important office of Superintendent of Public Instruction of Hernando County, subject to the action of the democratic primaries.

My Dad Charles Looper

Charles Looper (the younger) grew up in Lake Lindsey's Lake Village. After his plane was shot down during WWII, he was captured by the Germans (in December of 1945). He spent several months in a POW camp in Moosburg called Stalag 7A until he was freed on April 28th, 1945. Mr. Looper recalls fond memories of his childhood in Lake Village.

He was known to many people as Mr. Looper, to others he was known as Bill Looper, to me, he was Daddy. He was a good storyteller and although I had heard many of the stories over and over, I still enjoyed them. I listened very carefully to see if he ever changed a story, but
they always seemed to ring true to form. My Dad didn't get much formal education, but I believe he was ahead of his time in many ways. For instance, he got tired of draining the

Sculpture of Confederate General to be removed from Statuary Hall in D.C.

The bronze sculpture of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith by artist C. Adrian Pillars, will be removed from National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The State of Florida gave the sculpture to Statuary Hall in 1922. A statue of the inventor of air conditioning, Dr. John Gorrie, will remain in Statuary Hall. Each state displays two statues within the Hall's collection.

Pine Island: Only Public Beach in Hernando County

Photography by Elizabeth Dentato & Kevin White

Beach Day at Pine Island by Elizabeth Dentato

There is only one public beach in Hernando County on the Gulf of Mexico. The beach is called Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Beach Park. The coast line of Hernando County is naturally saltwater marshes, so to get to the barrier islands requires crossing these salt marshes. There is a two and a half mile causeway that is dredged through the salt marshes that leads to the barrier island on which the beach is located.

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