Spring Hill

Early days of Spring Hill

Spring Hill Drive and 19 April 25, 1967 submitted by Janet Croft

The 50th anniversary of the grand opening of Deltona Corp’s Spring Hill community was on April 30 of this year. The county and Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be commemorating the anniversary on July 27th at The Lake House, which was once Spring Hill’s community center. It was here where early residents gathered for community picnics and celebrations.

Check it out: Family Fun at Springleton Fun Park

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Matthew Knapp on the track at Springleton Fun Park.

The county's first go-kart park opened in 1973 by Jimmy Rodgers and family. The park was located on Weatherly Rd off of Mondon Hill Rd. The charge for 10 minutes around the track was just a dollar. This track is no longer open, but another track was established in Hernando County located off of Countyline Rd, now known as Springleton Fun Park.

Spring Hill reaches states in Minors

With a chance to automatically advance to the state tournament on the line, the Spring Hill National AAA Minors (age 9-10) All-Stars came up with a clutch victory on Thursday.
SH National trounced San Antonio, 15-2, on the final day of the District 6 Tournament held at Kenny Dixon Sports Complex in Bushnell, assuring a trip to states, which begins July 16 in Sebring.
“The kids came to play,” SH National head coach Larry Marsh said. “They were all excited when we told them they were playing for runner-up.”

Pigeon racing club draws members from local community, nation and world

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Pigeon Transport Trailer

Gulfcoast Homing Club is a local pigeon racing club here in Hernando County.

“We have the largest club in the world,” said Vernon Young, president of the Gulfcoast Homing Club.

Civilizations have utilized homing pigeons for sport, communication and in times of war for centuries. Pigeons can be extremely valuable, some having sold for hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Best little secret in Spring Hill

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Beautiful Iris are growing throughout the gardens.

Nestled just before the curve on Parker Street you are greeted by a huge monkey tree guarding the entrance. It’s a hidden gem in Spring Hill that not many people know about.

Welcome to the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens. Encompassed within the Nature Coast Botanical Gardens are three lush acres with pretty much every tree, plant and flower you can think of that flourishes here in Florida.

Frank Roderus, of Spring Hill, was one of America’s most prolific Western novel writers

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Jess Moore

Editor’s note: The author of this obituary was a close friend of Frank Roderus for nearly 50 years. Because Mr. Roderus shunned the camera, the only photographs we have of him are of poor quality.

Frank Roderus, of Spring Hill, one of America’s most prolific Western novel writers, passed away December 17 after a short illness.

Mike Bray, a writer in Las Vegas, NV wrote online last week, “I lost a friend yesterday and the world lost one of the greatest western writers of our time.”

Review of the Greek City Cafe

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They currently have two locations: one at Countryside in Clearwater and one on US 19 in Spring Hill. They are opening a third location at Mariner Square in early April.

The Greek City Cafe is probably as authentic as you will find outside of Tarpon Springs. The gyro meat is sliced as needed from upright spinning spits. Their gyro wrap consists of warmed flatbread, onions, tomato, and tzatziki sauce. You can either have a side of chips or for a few dollars more you can have it as a platter with a small greek salad.

The Founding of Spring Hill

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The community of Spring Hill was founded in 1967 by the Mackle Brothers’ Deltona Development Corporation. The Mackle Brothers had already successfully started developments in a number of areas: Key Biscayne, Marco Island, Deltona, and many others. The main entrance to the original development was at the Spring Hill waterfall located at Spring Hill Drive and US 19 (Commercial Way). The original master plan only included 15,000 acres. The plan included seven school sites, 23 church sites, 500 acres of commercial property, and 2 golf courses.

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