Richloam in Hernando County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Richloam General Store and Post Oﬃce
In 1921, the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad (ACL) decided to relocate its depot in Riverland to Richloam. Soon after, in 1922, Postmaster Lucius Sidney "Sid” Brinson moved the Riverland Post Office to the growing community of Richloam and opened a general store. The 1920s were a chaotic time in Richloam. In 1926, Pasco County Deputy Sheriff William O'Berry was shot and killed east of the store while attempting to arrest Charles Davis, a worker at the local turpentine still, over the theft of a dog. In January 1928, the store was robbed and burnt, likely from arson, but was rebuilt soon after in February of that same year. The store and post office continued to operate until the late 1930s, when the Great Depression forced the ACL to close the depot. In 1936, Brinson closed the store and post office and relocated to Sarasota. He rented the building as a residence to the Mills family until the 1950s. After sitting vacant until 1973, Brinson's nephew, John Brinson, acquired the property. John Brinson's son, Eric Burkes renovated the general store and reopened it in 2016. This general store was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2017, and is the only remaining building from the Richloam community.
Erected 2018 by Eric and Donna Burkes and the Florida Department of State
Location. 28° 30.09′ N, 82° 6.796′ W. Marker is in Richloam, Florida, in Hernando County. Marker is at the intersection of Richloam-Clay Sink Road and Riverland Road, on the left when traveling south on Richloam-Clay Sink Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38219 Richloam-Clay Sink Road, Webster FL 33597, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clay Sink Cemetery, Baptist Church and School (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fort King Road (approx. 3.6 miles away); Fort Dade (approx. 4.2 miles away); Trilby Methodist Church (approx. 5.7 miles away); Owensboro (approx. 6 miles away); Trilby Cemetery (approx. 6.1 miles away); Parson Brown Orange Tree (approx. 8.3 miles away); Sumter County Farmers Market (approx. 8.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Richloam General Store. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2018, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.