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Brooksville in Hernando County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hernando County

 
 
Hernando County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 20, 2018
1. Hernando County Marker
Inscription.  Hernando County originally embraced Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. It was created by the Territorial Legislature in 1843 and named for Hernando DeSoto. In 1844 its name was changed to Benton County in honor of Senator Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri, but his moderation during the Missouri Compromise caused extremists in the legislature to change the name back to Hernando. DeSoto, now Brooksville, was the first county seat. The present boundaries of the county were set in 1887.
 
Erected 1962 by Florida Board of Parks and Historic Memorials. (Marker Number F-75.)
 
Location. 28° 33.312′ N, 82° 23.261′ W. Marker is in Brooksville, Florida, in Hernando County. Marker is on North Main Street north of Broad Street (U.S. 98), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the Hernando County Courthouse grounds, directly in front of the old Courthouse main front entrance on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 North Main Street, Brooksville FL 34601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies
Hernando County Marker (<i>tall view; Hernando County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 20, 2018
2. Hernando County Marker (tall view; Hernando County Courthouse in background)
. Hernando County War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hernando County Confederate Monument (a few steps from this marker); St. Anthony the Abbot Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); Chocochatti (approx. 1.4 miles away); Chinsegut Hill (approx. 4˝ miles away); Garden Grove (approx. 5.8 miles away); Saint Stanislaus Chapel (approx. 6.3 miles away); Spring Lake Community Center (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooksville.
 
More about this marker. Marker is located on the right (south) side of the walkway leading to the courthouse entrance. The marker is somewhat weathered and difficult to read from a distance.
 
Also see . . .  Hernando County History. Hernando County was created in 1843 and named after Hernando DeSoto, whose circuitous voyage to the Mississippi brought him through this area. From 1844 until 1850 it was known as Benton County, after firebrand Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton,who sponsored the Armed Occupation Act that allowed the depopulation of most of Florida’s Native Americans. The name was changed back to Hernando, possibly because residents were irked by Benton’s Unionist views. Hernando residents attended court in Newnansville, Alachua County, for a time, until locating a county seat at “DeSoto.” This was later moved to Bayport, then Pierceville, and finally Brooksville. The name may honor another controversial antebellum politician, South Carolina congressman Preston Brooks, whom history remembers chiefly for having savagely caned abolitionist Charles Sumner on the floor
Hernando County Courthouse (<i>front entrance; this marker on right; unrelated marker at center</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 20, 2018
3. Hernando County Courthouse (front entrance; this marker on right; unrelated marker at center)
of the Senate. (Submitted on September 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Political Subdivisions
 
Hernando County Courthouse (<i>east (newer) side of courthouse building</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 20, 2018
4. Hernando County Courthouse (east (newer) side of courthouse building)
Hernando County Courthouse (<i>south (newer) side of courthouse building</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 20, 2018
5. Hernando County Courthouse (south (newer) side of courthouse building)
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 56 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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