Many locations in FLorida have retained their original Indian names. Istachatta
is of Seminole origin, meaning "river crossing." Istachatta and Nobleton
embrace a beautiful wilderness waterway along the northern edge of the Withlacoochee
Located on U.S. 41 just south of Brooksville, Masaryktown was founded in 1925
by Slovakian immigrants from the Northeast and named after the first President
of Czechoslovakia, Garrique Masaryk. Once known as the egg capital of the world,
the Czechoslovakian culture is preserved by the residents, many of which are
descendants of the original founders.
A rural village located north of Brooksville, Lake Lindsay's roots grow deep.
Perhaps the oldest existing community in Hernando County, the cemetery holds
the graves of many of the county's first settlers, and one of its oldest churches,
The Eden Baptist Church is located at the center of Lake Lindsay.
Weeki Wachee, a small town along
US 19 is famous for its Weeki Wachee Springs WatePark, featuring live Mermaid
The community of Aripeka straddles the Hernando and Pasco County line where
Hammock Creek flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Established in the 1800's as
a fishing village and recreation area, it was named for one of the Miccosukee
Indian chiefs who signed the Treaty of Payne's Landing. In times past sugar
and timber were exported from its shores; sloop and schooner pilots anchored
in the natural harbor. Still known as a fishing village, many commercial and
recreational anglers consider Aripeka their home port.
Visit the Post office,
it's one of the oldest original Post offices in Florida!
Situated on US 19, Spring Hill has experienced extreme growth and prosperity
since it creation by the Deltona Corporation in the 1960's. Not only has Spring
Hill been a major contributor to Hernando County's population growth, but
also to its cultural diversity, as evidenced by local theatre, art shows,
orchestra, and cuisine.
was one of the original setllements in the area. Located at the mouth of the
Weeki Wachee river, it was known as a port of entry, as well as a sight for
commerce. Today, Bayport is a waterside park, where local boat traffic can
access the Gulf for fishing, recreation, and scuba diving. The continual bay
breeze and picturesque sunsets draw many sightseers to Bayport's fishing pier.
Situated in the Gulf of
Mexico just north of Bayport and south of the Chasshowitzka National Wildlife
Refuge, Pine Island was linked to the mainland in 1925. The northern point
of the island is a county park with a three acre beach open to the public.
originally known as Melendez
and then Benton, is a wonderful city of hills, ranging in elevation from 175
to 274 feet. Coupled with its condensed area (2.77 square miles) and its long
history of successful planters, growers, and cattlemen, Brooksville is more
a reflection of "the Old South" than other West Coast towns. Brooksville
grew from two communities: Fort DeSoto and Pierceville. Its Southern background
is reflected in its name, honoring South Carolina Congressman Preston Brooks
who is best noted for hitting abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner on the head
with his cane.
The largest of Hernando
County's coastal communities, Hernando Beach has its own network of manmade
canals that connect to the Gulf of Mexico. This devolopment began in 1959,
and boasts of upscale homes as well as marinas, restaurants, retail stores,
and other service related businesses.