Brooksville, Florida

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Brooksville
City
Hernando County Courthouse

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Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°33′13″N 82°23′19″W / 28.55361°N 82.38861°W / 28.55361; -82.38861Coordinates: 28°33′13″N 82°23′19″W / 28.55361°N 82.38861°W / 28.55361; -82.38861
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyHernando
Area
 • Total5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Land4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.60%
Elevation402 ft (110 m)
Population (2000)[1] 1
 • Total20,264
 • Density1,469.5/sq mi (567.4/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s)352
FIPS code12-08800[2]
GNIS feature ID0279446[3]
 
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Brooksville
City
Hernando County Courthouse

Seal
Location in Hernando County and the state of Florida
Coordinates: 28°33′13″N 82°23′19″W / 28.55361°N 82.38861°W / 28.55361; -82.38861Coordinates: 28°33′13″N 82°23′19″W / 28.55361°N 82.38861°W / 28.55361; -82.38861
CountryUnited States
StateFlorida
CountyHernando
Area
 • Total5.0 sq mi (12.9 km2)
 • Land4.9 sq mi (12.8 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)  0.60%
Elevation402 ft (110 m)
Population (2000)[1] 1
 • Total20,264
 • Density1,469.5/sq mi (567.4/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
Area code(s)352
FIPS code12-08800[2]
GNIS feature ID0279446[3]

Brooksville is an incorporated city in Hernando County, Florida, in the United States. It is the county seat of Hernando County.[4] It is a suburban city included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city was named in honor of U.S. Representative Preston Brooks.

Geography[edit]

According to the United States Census Bureau, Brooksville has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km2). 4.9 square miles (12.8 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2) of it (0.60%) is water.

The geographic center of Florida is located twelve miles northwest of Brooksville.[5]

Brooksville was once a major citrus production area and was known as the "Home of the Tangerine".

Demographics[edit]

As of Census 2010[2], there were 7,719 people, 3,504 households, and 1,927 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,469.5 people per square mile (567.7/km2). There were 3,504 occupied housing units at an average density of 793.0 per square mile (306.4/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 78.7% White, 19.1% African American, 1% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 2.1% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.6% of the population, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander composed 0.2% of the population.

There were 3,220 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.1% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 21.7% from 25 to 44, 18.7% from 45 to 64, and 29.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.4 males.

Economy[edit]

Personal income[edit]

The median income for a household in the city was $25,489, and the median income for a family was $31,060. Males had a median income of $29,837 versus $21,804 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,265. About 16.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

Industry[edit]

Tourism[edit]

The city has recently celebrated its second annual Blueberry Festival in downtown with a special performance from country music star Easton Corbin.

The city has historic homes along cobble stone covered streets.

There is also a Native American Outpost in a log cabin.[6] A new event the first annual GET HEALTHY Brooksville Cycling Classic was an overwhelming success attracting cyclist from all over the State was supported by the City of Brooksville, Brooksville Natural Foods and Topview Sports. The Brooksville Business Alliance has sponsored the annual Brooksville Founders Week Celebration since 2006.[7] There is a monthly live music performance, antique car show, and other events.

History[edit]

May Stringer House
William Sherman Jennings House
Judge Willis Russell House

Fort DeSoto, a military fort established about 1840 to give protection to settlers from Native Americans, was located at the northeastern edge of present day Brooksville on Croom Road about one-half mile east of U.S. Highway 41. Fort DeSoto was also a trading post and a regular stop on the Concord Stage Coach Line which ran from Palatka to Tampa.

The fort was built on top of a heavy bed of limestone, a fact which they were unaware of at the time, and this made it exceedingly difficult to obtain water, thus causing this location to be abandoned as a community site. As a result, in the early 1840s the population shifted about three miles to the south where a settlement first formed by the Hope and Saxon families became known as Pierceville. About this time, another community about two miles northwest of Pierceville, named Melendez, was formed.

On September 12, 1842, Seminole Indians attacked the McDaniel party near the community of Chocachatti, south of Brooksville, killing Charlotte (Mrs. Richard) Crum.

In 1850 a post office was established at Melendez. In 1854 it was replaced by a post office at Pierceville. Both towns were situated in the area that would become Brooksville.

In 1856 the county seat of Hernando County became the newly named town of Brooksville. The name was chosen to honor Preston Brooks. Brooks, a states' rights statesman, to this day remains famous in the South and reviled in the rest of the country for nearly beating abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner to death in 1856 on the floor of the Senate after a speech Sumner gave that disparaged Brooks' sick and elderly uncle. The Pierceville post office was not renamed Brooksville until 1871.

The City of Brooksville was settled by four pioneer families: the Howell family which settled the northern part of town; the Jon L. Mays family which settled the eastern part of town; the Hale family on the west; and the Parsons family on the south.

Brooksville was incorporated on October 13, 1880.

Brooksville is a residential-commercial community which has experienced growth. There are several modern medical facilities, including Brooksville Regional Hospital Inc., Oak Hill Community Hospital and Spring Hill Regional Hospital serving the area, a campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College located at the edge of the city, and a business section with eleven shopping centers and a public airport, Hernando County Airport, located six miles south of the city. There are three city parks with walking trails, sports, and picnicking facilities, including a nine-hole golf course and a library. The area also offers abundant hunting, fishing, biking and (in Nobleton just 12 miles NE of Brooksville [1]) canoeing, kayaking and camping opportunities.

A minor controversy arose in the summer of 2010 when local media and activists brought attention to the origin of the town's name, calling it "shameful."[8] The suggestion was made that the town should change its name in order to distance itself from the pro-slavery history.[9] This idea was overwhelmingly opposed by locals and not entertained by the city council. However the city's official website did remove a page which discussed the Brooks/Sumner encounter and cast Brooks in a positive light.

Public Transportation[edit]

Brooksville is served by THE Bus's Purple route. [10]

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Notable residents[edit]

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