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Majestic oaks welcome you to Brooksville, Florida, spreading their arms down brick streets lined with classic Victorian homes. Only 18 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, in Hernando County, Brooksville boasts the second highest elevation in Florida at about 220 feet above sea level. The city, built on seven hills, was originally named in 1858 after Rep. Preston Brooks of South Carolina. With roots dating back to around 1835, Brooksville had previously been known as Pierceville and Melendez. The city once labeled "the home of the tangerine" boasts a rich history. In addition to being a major citrus supplier, Brooksville has been home to many a profitable industry, including turpentine, rock mining, cattle, and tourism, which was largely driven by those wanting to visit the nearby Weeki Wachee attraction.
ISBN: 9780738516523
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Florida
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Robert G. Martinez is the publisher of Old Brooksville in Photos and Stories. A local historian, Martinez can trace his Florida family heritage to the 1880s. Brooksville has been his home since 1957. In Images of America: Brooksville, he illustrates the places, faces, and events that have shaped the area's history and character from 1850 to the present. The lush Old South ambiance and pristine beauty of Brooksville and surrounding hamlets shared in this keepsake volume will fascinate lovers of Florida history.
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