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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Historic Citrus County Courthouse was built at a cost of $55,885. It served as the Citrus County Courthouse until 1978, when a more modern facility was built about a block away. Today, the historic courthouse is the headquarters for the Citrus County Historical Society. It houses county ar-chives and special collections, as well as the offices of Citrus County's Historical Resource Officer. It is also the site of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. The building includes a copper cupola with a clock face on each of the four sides, topped with a belvedere with miniature columns.
The yellow-brick structure that replaced the original 1892 wood structure recently underwent restoration. After peeling off layer upon layer added over the years, workers uncovered terrazzo floors and marble wainscoting. Transom windows that had been painted over and nailed shut were refinished and re-hinged. Old photographs of the courthouse gave clues to what the hidden walls, floors, and ceilings looked like. Society mem-bers and architects even watched VHS copies of the 1961 Elvis Presley movie Follow That Dream, which featured scenes that took place in the second floor courtroom.
People in Inverness still talk about the magical summer of 1961, when Elvis Presley came to Citrus County to film his ninth movie, "Follow That Dream." The climactic courtroom scene was filmed entirely in the Courtroom and included many townspeople as extras.
Permanent exhibits in the Old Court-house Heritage Museum include displays and artifacts devoted to Citrus County’s pre-history and its pioneer days, and to more recent developments, such as the impact of the citrus and film industries on Central Florida. The Museum Store offers hard-to-find books about Florida history, ecology, and geology, as well as gift items. Museum Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. One Courthouse Square Inverness, FL 34450 cccourthouse.org 352.341.6428