Brooksville celebrates 160 years

October 22, 2016 - 10:52
Main Street - Brooksville, Florida. 1915. Black & white photonegative, 4 x 5 in. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory.

Founders Week was recently held to celebrate 160 years of Brooksville. There are three dates that could be used for the start of Brooksville. In 1845, the town of Melendez was first settled. In 1856, the towns of Melendez and Pierceville were combined under the new name of Brooksville. The City of Brooksville was incorporated on October 13, 1880.

Article From the Past

October 15, 2016 - 13:38
Brooksville Star May 18, 1906

Brooksville Star May 18, 1906

Was Former Resident of Hernando County
Died at the age of 59
For Many Years Was Acknowledged Cattle King of this Section of the State

Dr. Howell T. Lykes, one of the best known and most respected citizens of South Florida at 11am yesterday, died at his home near Ballast Point, death resulting from a general breakdown brought about by a (illegible) stroke of several weeks ago.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain by Robert Martinez

October 11, 2016 - 17:26

Frasier was an invaluable source of historical stories, facts and information regarding Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories. His mind was amazingly sharp up to the end and could remember the slightest details pertaining to Brooksville history, as far back as the 1920's. We were soul mates and I will miss him greatly. He would often pop up to my house with old pixs, news clippings or just to chit chat. He was indeed a remarkable man. God bless him.

- Robert Martinez, publisher Old Brooksville In Photos & Stories.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain by Jan Knowles

October 11, 2016 - 17:24

FRASIER MOUNTAIN came into my life when he would stop into one of his best friend's office where I worked after he would drop off his granddaughter Ashley at Charlene’s Dance Studio and we would talk about everything under the sun until it was time to pick up Ashley from dance. I really looked forward to his visits. Our grandchildren went to the Methodist Church School Center also and we had a lot in common concerning the love of our town and the history behind it. We also would find ourselves at the same meetings because our interest was the same.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain by Nichole Chapman

October 11, 2016 - 17:21

Growing up, I didnt realize the importance of appreciating and knowing my family's history. As I got older, I began to realize the importance of it, and I soon began to research it. I began to try and put the pieces of the puzzle together. Through the many hours at the library, courthouse, and walking downtown and talking to different people, I was soon and often told about a man by the name of Frasier Mountain.

Tribute to Frasier Mountain from Gretchen Countryman

October 11, 2016 - 17:18

Frasier Mountain "Our Papa" was a man of integrity who possessed old fashioned down to earth values. He was a family man and was very proud of his daughter and granddaughter for their accomplishments. History was his passion and especially the history of of Brooksville area. He was especially pleased to receive the 'Father of Brooksville ' award from the city! Frasier was a great teacher as he shared his knowledge of history with so many. He will be sorely missed by all at the one from school but especially by me.

Gator Tanglin' with Al Zaebst

September 29, 2016 - 09:21

One of the more interesting characters we have run across is Al Zaebst. He was brought to our attention when we found photos of him capturing an alligator in the Weeki Wachee River. His method was to stand up in the canoe and launch himself on to the back of the alligator (all while wearing loafers). I am sure it was quite a surprise for the alligator because once it reaches a decent size there is nothing in the river that would want to tangle with it.


History Mystery

Who is this Man at the Foot of a Giant Cypress?

In the early part of the 20th century, logging was a big industry in Hernando County. Giant Cypress such as the one pictured here was in high demand for shipbuilding and to support rapidly increasing population growth. Entire mills often relocated to a new area after they had cut down all the lumber in their vicinity and had to shut down as is the case for the Central Cypress Lumber Company which founded the Centralia lumber mill. So much information has been lost in the past century. Can you help to solve this history mystery and identify the man above or have any related details?

Know Hernando!

What is this in Tom Varn Park?

January 28, 2015 - 20:52

by Julie Maglio

This structure stands in the middle of Tom Varn Park which was once the Brooksville Quarry. According to historian Frasier Mountain, a railroad track once ran to this spot to bring coal from Alabama for the steam boiler that powered a pump used to recycle water from the slush pond. The ponds in Tom Varn Park adjacent to the structure were once the deepest points of the slush pond (15’-20’ deep).