The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum Downtown Inverness museum features both history and modern culture including the location where Elvis Presley filmed a courtroom scene in the movie Follow that Dream in 1961.
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Saturday, September 19 at 7PM we are "Remembering Elvis" with Peter Alden and the Corvairs! Limited in-person seating to...
09/03/2020

Saturday, September 19 at 7PM we are "Remembering Elvis" with Peter Alden and the Corvairs!

Limited in-person seating to allow for social distancing makes this a unique and intimate show! Tickets are $30 per person and include a FREE Peter Alden Elvis CD or Digital Download.

Prefer to watch at home where you can REALLY dance like no one is watching? Virtual tickets are only $10 and get you access to the live stream the night of the show, a special 20-minute intermission video highlighting Elvis's time in Citrus County filming "Follow that Dream", and the ability to re-watch the concert after the live event.

All proceeds benefit the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Old Courthouse Museum. We are committed to continue to provide the community with historical and cultural events, despite the challenges of COVID-19. Every donation helps us continue this mission!

Get tickets here http://ow.ly/eElq50BfPQX or call 352-341-6428.

09/02/2020
Floral City Heritage Days

The Floral City Heritage Council has decided to cancel this year's Heritage Days events. We will all miss enjoying this wonderful holiday event, we look forward to it every year, but we appreciate their caution and dedication to people's safety!

We'll be there next year!

Dear Friends:

After careful consideration, it has been decided by the Floral City Heritage Council's Steering Committee to cancel the Floral City Candles 'n Carols and Heritage Days events. As you know, these events have been held on the first Saturday of December and the preceding Friday night for the past 27 years. Although it was not an easy decision, it was the right one.

Don't worry - we plan to be back in 2021! As always, we appreciate your support and interest in preserving the history of Floral City and Citrus County.

As for the Museum, while it is is currently closed, it is hoped it can re-open safely sometime in September.

In the meantime, stay safe and stay healthy.

Florida Historical Society
08/31/2020

Florida Historical Society

8/31 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1906 – Elizabeth Hutchinson Broward, eighth child of Governor and Mrs. Napoleon Broward, became the first child born to a sitting Governor of Florida on this date. She was born in the Brown House on Monroe Street in Tallahassee. The eventual demolition of the Brown House helped spur the modern historic preservation movement in Tallahassee.

Who remembers Happy's Bait and Tackle in Inverness? #oldflorida #fishing
08/30/2020

Who remembers Happy's Bait and Tackle in Inverness?

#oldflorida #fishing

Inverness Marjorettes. Baton twirling  is unique skill that involves dance and gymnastics. Not many schools have Majoret...
08/29/2020

Inverness Marjorettes. Baton twirling is unique skill that involves dance and gymnastics. Not many schools have Majorette teams, but you may still see them on the field with the marching band!

These ladies haven't been identified. If you know someone in the photo let us know.

Participants in our Neighborhood Snaps photography lessons have their beautiful work on display now at the museum! Make ...
08/28/2020

Participants in our Neighborhood Snaps photography lessons have their beautiful work on display now at the museum! Make an appointment and come see photographs from all around the county!

Inverness, FLA Did you know we had our own Coke bottling plant here in Inverness? The building is still downtown in the ...
08/27/2020

Inverness, FLA

Did you know we had our own Coke bottling plant here in Inverness? The building is still downtown in the former Supervisors of Elections office, next to the new courthouse!

#coke #cocacola #FL #citruscounty

Windows at the museum are being repaired and resealed and.... there are so many windows. It's windowception. Thanks to t...
08/26/2020

Windows at the museum are being repaired and resealed and.... there are so many windows. It's windowception.

Thanks to the crew coming out and making necessary updates and repairs to this beautiful historic building!

Hurricane plotting map from the Citrus County Chronicle in the 1960s. Aren't we glad we have all the advanced tracking w...
08/25/2020

Hurricane plotting map from the Citrus County Chronicle in the 1960s. Aren't we glad we have all the advanced tracking we have today to keep us prepared?

Stay safe!

Great article on diving into Florida's long history!
08/24/2020
Florida has long history; where’s best place to start?

Great article on diving into Florida's long history!

It’s back-to-school time, and here’s a quick quiz: Which state has the longest recorded history? Florida, the state with amazing history that many residents and visitors don’t realize even exists.

Come down to the Old Courthouse on Wednesday’s for Steve’s special Elvis tours! Loving the Blue Hawaii mask! 😷 ❤️
08/19/2020

Come down to the Old Courthouse on Wednesday’s for Steve’s special Elvis tours! Loving the Blue Hawaii mask! 😷 ❤️

This day in Florida history from the Florida Historical Society!
08/17/2020

This day in Florida history from the Florida Historical Society!

8/17 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1966 – The Pioneer 7 satellite lifted off from Launch Complex 17A at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on this date. The launch vehicle was a Thor-Delta E rocket. Pioneer 7 was the second in a series of solar orbiters designed to measure from widely separated points in space, on a continuing basis, interplanetary phenomena such as the Sun's magnetic field, the solar wind, and solar and galactic cosmic rays. In 1986 the Pioneer 7 satellite flew within 12.3 million kilometers of Halley’s Comet. In 1995 it was successfully tracked with one scientific instrument still functioning, although there were no further plans to track or attempt communication with the satellite after that point.

Two people enjoying the beach in the style of the 1920s! #sundayfunday #weekend  #sundayvibes
08/16/2020

Two people enjoying the beach in the style of the 1920s!

#sundayfunday #weekend #sundayvibes

Of course, the phosphate boom brought the railroads to Citrus County, but it was also shipped out by boat, as seen here ...
08/15/2020

Of course, the phosphate boom brought the railroads to Citrus County, but it was also shipped out by boat, as seen here at Port Inglis.

#florida #love #photography #photooftheday #history #citruscounty #localhistory #FLhistory

There are still nineteen days left to submit your entries for our Juried Art Quilt exhibit "Community"! Call us at 352-3...
08/14/2020

There are still nineteen days left to submit your entries for our Juried Art Quilt exhibit "Community"! Call us at 352-341-6428 for details!

We can't wait to see what you stitch together!

New Exhibit Alert! Neighborhood Snapshots: Then and Now features over 40 unique places in Citrus County, each with a his...
08/13/2020

New Exhibit Alert! Neighborhood Snapshots: Then and Now features over 40 unique places in Citrus County, each with a historical photo and current day photo, side-by-side. See what has changed and what has been preserved in this unique photography exhibit!

Please call 352-341-6428 or make an appointment online to visit the museum. Online appointments available at http://ow.ly/dQRj50AWCLx

Did you know there was a trailer park in 1940s Inverness with a great view of the Courthouse? This postcard shows "RV-in...
08/12/2020

Did you know there was a trailer park in 1940s Inverness with a great view of the Courthouse? This postcard shows "RV-ing" to Florida has been a popular pastime for a long time!

#FLtourism #tourism #history #citruscounty #localhistory #oldpostcards #oldphotos

Come see Elvis at the Lakes Region Library and learn about Citrus County's history!
08/11/2020

Come see Elvis at the Lakes Region Library and learn about Citrus County's history!

We have some great items on display at the Lakes Region branch, on loan from the Historic Court House Museum, that can help you learn about our local history.

"We are undoubtedly in a period of great suffering that has touched all of us. Some have expressed this is not the time ...
07/18/2020
Why the humanities matter in troubled times – Florida Humanities

"We are undoubtedly in a period of great suffering that has touched all of us. Some have expressed this is not the time to focus on the humanities, not the time to seek support given the hurt in the world. I respectfully suggest this is the time we turn to the humanities most desperately. We always have, and when our world is stripped down to its essence, it is the humanities which bring both comfort and clarity."

http://ow.ly/vch850AxRpw

Why the humanities matter in troubled times by Florida Humanities July 9, 2020 Letter from the Director 0 A myth is a widely held but false idea – and some myths die hard. In 1958, two Virginia residents, Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving, were married in Washington, D.C. Mildred was African Americ...

"Twenty years from now, even ten, will we remember the bravery this pandemic required of us? Will you be able to recall ...
07/16/2020
In This Historical Moment, Here’s How to Collect Your Thoughts

"Twenty years from now, even ten, will we remember the bravery this pandemic required of us? Will you be able to recall on-demand the lessons this moment is revealing about your family, your community, your country, yourself? Will you recollect the un-routine routine of sheltering in place every day and arming yourself with a mask and sanitizer to venture into public spaces? Will you remember what the experience brought out of you?"

http://ow.ly/jiHX50AxR4f

The Anacostia Community Museum wants your story for its new archive #Moments of Resilience

Would Florida be the state we know today without the invention of air conditioning?
07/15/2020
The Unexpected History of the Air Conditioner

Would Florida be the state we know today without the invention of air conditioning?

The invention was once received with chilly skepticism but has become a fixture of American life

This beautiful detail image shows the Old Courthouse brought to life in vibrant, colorful fabric! Quilt by fiber artist ...
07/14/2020

This beautiful detail image shows the Old Courthouse brought to life in vibrant, colorful fabric! Quilt by fiber artist Karol Kusmaul.

We can't wait to see your creations and interpretations of "Community" in our art quilt exhibit. Submit your entries at http://ow.ly/M5aG50Ax5Z6

#mondaymotivation #historyquotes
07/13/2020

#mondaymotivation #historyquotes

07/10/2020

Coming into Focus ✨

Learn about Citrus County's very own suffragette, May Mann Jennings, in this special to the Chronicle from museum staff!...
07/09/2020
Celebrate the 19th Amendment in Citrus

Learn about Citrus County's very own suffragette, May Mann Jennings, in this special to the Chronicle from museum staff!

http://ow.ly/dabl50Ar6Po

One hundred years ago, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote. This historic occasion celebrates more than 100 years of women’s suffrage. It also celebrates the

This architectural infographic is a great way to start learning about basic home architectural styles! Read through this...
07/08/2020
What Style Is That House? Visual Guides to Domestic Architectural Designs - 99% Invisible

This architectural infographic is a great way to start learning about basic home architectural styles!

Read through this guide and you'll be noticing and identifying architecture everywhere you go!

Let us know your favorite styles in the comments below!

Naming things helps us understand and keep track of them, so it should be no surprise that people regularly ask architects what “style” buildings fall into. Often there is no simple answer, but here are a few graphic design projects that can help you put architecture into its historical context...

Get a taste of the past with this historical Civil War recipe from "Camp Fires and Camp Cooking; or Culinary Hints for t...
07/07/2020
What the Union Soldiers Ate - Civil War Cooking

Get a taste of the past with this historical Civil War recipe from "Camp Fires and Camp Cooking; or Culinary Hints for the Soldier" by Captain James Sanderson. This hearty stew is made with simple filling ingredients. Yum!

Learn what Union Soldiers ate during the Civil War, and try a historical recipe for Commissary Beef Stew from Captain James M. Sanderson.

07/06/2020
Florida Historical Society

Hope everyone had a fun and safe holiday weekend! Courtesy of the Florida Historical Society and the Florida State Archives, enjoy some historical images of Independence Day celebrations throughout the state's history.

Independence Day in Florida throughout the years. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Independence Day!

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have turned to music, literature, arts, and culture as a way to dea...
07/05/2020
Librarian: Eric Head

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have turned to music, literature, arts, and culture as a way to deal with new pressures, stresses, and worries. This is a great time to put a spot light on our amazing libraries and librarians right here in Citrus County and to thank them for the amazing job they do for their communities!

Libraries are an essential part of a healthy community. They fill gaps in technological access in our increasingly digital age. They give people opportunities to experience new ideas and get lost in wonderful stories. And they help keep us connected, even in times of crisis. Thank you Citrus County Library System for all your hard work and dedication!

How long have you been in Citrus County? If you are not a native, where did you grow up?

07/05/2020
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Did you know a portion of our historical photo archives of Citrus County are available online? We partnered with the Citrus County Library in 2012 for the 125th anniversary of the County to digitize some of the best images from our community's past. Enjoy!
http://ow.ly/mLT550Al7fk

Happy Fourth of July! The museum is closed today in observance of the holiday. We will reopen on Monday, July 6. You can...
07/03/2020

Happy Fourth of July!

The museum is closed today in observance of the holiday. We will reopen on Monday, July 6. You can make an appointment for next week online at http://ow.ly/xO6h50Al9BH

Address

1 Courthouse Sq
Inverness, FL
34450

Take the Citrus County Transit to the corner of Courthouse Square and Martin Luther King Blvd.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(352) 341-6428

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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

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