October Meeting and Guest Speaker
October 5, 2017 Meeting
Thursday @ 6:30 pm
Brooksville City Hall, Council Chambers
201 Howell Avenue
The HHPS is pleased to welcome HHPS board member Jo-Anne Peck as the October guest speaker to provide an overview presentation in Historic Preservation. The lecture will go over the Who, What, Where and Whys of Preserving Historic Buildings.
Jo-Anne Peck is a Historic Preservation Consultant that has focused on Florida history and architecture for over 20 years. Starting in 1999, she began working on the Tampa Interstate Study project which involved the relocation and renovation of 64 historic buildings with Ybor City, Tampa Heights, and West Tampa. Having realized her ultimate preservation project, she and her husband took a side path and created Historic Shed, a custom outbuilding design-build company that creates attractive garden sheds, garages and cottages that complement historic homes.
Ms. Peck has an undergraduate degree in Building Science; a Master’s of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation and is a licensed Florida Building Contractor. She has found designing and building little structures even more fun than expected. She has lived in Hernando County since 2006.
The HHPS Wants You
Would you like to join the HHPS Board? Submit your name for the ballot at the next meeting or email Roger Sherman at email@example.com prior to the November meeting. Elections will be held in December. You must be a paid member of the HHPS in order to run.
Centralia Historic Marker
The newest historic marker in Hernando County was revealed on September 23, 2017. Located south of the intersection of Centralia Road on US 19, the marker commemorates the historic sawmill town of Centralia.
Marker Side 1 reads:
This site was once the location of one of Florida’s largest lumber mills. As demand for insect and rot resistant cypress increased, the J.C. Turner Lumber Company began the logging of over 15,000 acres of Red Tidewater Cypress, cedar and pine in coastal Hernando County. The Turner Company financed the construction of the mill in 1910. It was known locally as the Tidewater Cypress Mill. Eighteen miles of narrow-gauge tram lines were laid through the swamp to connect the mill and logging areas to the Tampa Northern Railroad. Laborers used steam-powered skidders to transport cut logs onto railroad cars. The logs were then dumped in a pond near the sawmills. The large double-banded saws, powered by electricity generated from four steam boilers, could cut 100,000 board feet each day. The finished wood was stacked in a 160-acre drying yard for up to four years. The dried wood was sent to the planning mill to become roof shingles, lath, and construction lumber. The finished lumber was sold locally, or transported sixteen miles by rail to Brooksville, where it continued to the port in Tampa and was loaded onto ships headed to the company’s wholesale distribution yard on the Hudson River in New York.
Marker Side 2 reads:
Located a few miles north of Weeki Wachee, the “boom town” of Centralia sprang up to support the 1,200 mill workers and their families. The wealth of timber seemed inexhaustible, luring men and industry from all corners of the earth. A post office opened in 1910 followed by other businesses, including a general store, drugstore, Mrs. Varn’s Centralia Hotel, the Hungry None Restaurant, and a Greek bakery. The general store, run by George Gamble, boasted more stock than any store in larger towns like Jacksonville or Tampa. Centralia offered other amenities such as a resident doctor and dentist, schoolhouse, and community church offering Catholic and Protestant services. There were no saloons, however, as the mill’s general manager, Edgar A. Roberts, forbade drinking. Soda pop was the drink of choice. The trees were exhausted by 1917, and the mill shut down soon after. The town struggled along for a few more years, but was mostly abandoned by the 1920s. Only the foundations of this once mighty mill remain. The Turner Company reseeded the land with slash pines in the 1960s. Purchased in 1985 by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the land became part of the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge.
Field Trip to the Florida Pioneer Museum
Join the HHPS for a fun day at the Pioneer Florida Museum and Village. The museum complex includes Overstreet House, a one-room schoolhouse, a church, a train depot, a train engine, and a museum exhibition of tools, household items, antiques and farm equipment. Costs for admission is $6 senior, $8 adult, $4 student.
Location: 15602 Pioneer Museum Rd, Dade City, FL 33523
Date: November 4, 2017
Time: Meet at the admissions entrance at 10 am
Sign up sheets will be available at HHPS Meetings
Wine About It: Brooksville Main Street
CITY MANAGER CANDIDATE MEET AND GREET:
This month, Brooksville Main Street is hosting the 3 candidates that have been chosen for interviews here in our amazing City of Brooksville. Join the Mayor and City Council as they introduce the three finalists for the position of City Manager. What a great opportunity to get to know and influence the leadership of our city! Hope to see you all there!
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 5-7pm at the Rising Sun Bistro, 10 S. Main Street, Brooksville