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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Florida Historical Society
06/02/2020

Florida Historical Society

6/2 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1887 – Florida’s 44th and 45th counties, Citrus and Pasco, respectively, were established by the Florida Legislature on this date. Located on Florida’s central Gulf coast, both counties relied heavily on agriculture in the late nineteenth century. Citrus County chose its name from one of the prominent industries in the state, while Pasco was named for United States Senator and former Confederate soldier, Samuel Pasco. The county seat of Citrus is Inverness while Pasco’s seat is Dade City. Citrus County has experienced much more rapid growth in recent years due to its proximity to the Tampa metropolitan area.

We are so proud of all our 2020 graduates in Citrus County! It is your time to go out into the world and shine brightly!...
05/28/2020

We are so proud of all our 2020 graduates in Citrus County! It is your time to go out into the world and shine brightly! #classof2020 #staystrong #stayfocused #staypositive

The Crown Hotel used to give tours in this fabulous English-style Double-Decker bus, with a curved staircase on the back...
05/27/2020

The Crown Hotel used to give tours in this fabulous English-style Double-Decker bus, with a curved staircase on the back leading to the top seating area. What a sight it would be to see this cruising around Inverness!

Florida Historical Society
05/27/2020

Florida Historical Society

5/27 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1933 – The first Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Florida was established in Eastport near Jacksonville on this date. The CCC was a federal worker-relief program designed to get young men working on construction and conservation projects throughout the United States, as part of the New Deal. Over the course of the program (1933–1942) over 3 million young men worked for the CCC. In Florida the work done by the CCC established a number of state parks, including Suwannee River State Park, Myakka River State Park, and Highlands Hammock State Park. The CCC workers built picnic facilities, operations buildings, fences, roads, and other forms of infrastructure in order to make the parks more available and accessible to the public.

On this day in 1845, Florida held its first statewide elections. David Levy Yulee, of Homosassa, was elected at this tim...
05/26/2020

On this day in 1845, Florida held its first statewide elections. David Levy Yulee, of Homosassa, was elected at this time. He became the first Jewish member of the Florida State Senate.

#floridahistory #onthisday

"The mainstream “woman suffrage movement” no longer welcomed black women and they eventually embraced white supremacy to...
05/23/2020
Unsung African-American suffragists

"The mainstream “woman suffrage movement” no longer welcomed black women and they eventually embraced white supremacy to garner the support and votes of Southern states, in order, to pass and ratify the 19th Amendment."

Read more of the article in the link below.

http://ow.ly/zIUN50zHDcG

On Aug. 22, the Citrus County Centennial of Women’s Suffrage Committee will present an afternoon celebration of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women

On this day in Florida in 1931, George Kenneth End began selling canned rattlesnake from his Arcadia, Florida company he...
05/22/2020

On this day in Florida in 1931, George Kenneth End began selling canned rattlesnake from his Arcadia, Florida company headquarters! Read more about this interesting business venture from Florida Memory.

https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/295188

This is a close up of small detail on one of our most popular items on display at the museum! We want you to be #detaild...
05/21/2020

This is a close up of small detail on one of our most popular items on display at the museum! We want you to be #detaildetectives and give us your best guess as to what it could be!

You have a week to guess the correct answer. If no one has it by Monday we'll add an extra detail picture as a hint. Good luck detectives!

Timeline Photos
05/20/2020

Timeline Photos

The  original wooden clock faces have been preserved and one is on display in our local history gallery. The back is cov...
05/19/2020

The original wooden clock faces have been preserved and one is on display in our local history gallery. The back is covered in signatures and messages from throughout the many decades the wooden clock faces remained in the clock tower.

Two of our favorites can be seen here. One shows the names Myron Scofield, Dorothy Nolan, and Pearly Green on airplane watch in 1942. 🛩️

The second, dated 1940, shows a heart with "Paul Wood +" engraved inside. Things must not have worked out too well for this couple, as the second name has been scratched out completely! 💔

05/19/2020

The museum will be reopening on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, by appointment. Please call 352-341-6428 to make reservations or book online from our page or www.cccourthouse.org

The museum will be scheduleding tours at 10:00, 11:00, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00, Monday through Friday, with special senior tours at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Family tours will be 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m.

The museum will be under temporary guidelines for the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. This includes limited occupancy to groups of 6 or less per appointment, practicing social distancing, and wearing a mask or face-covering.

05/18/2020
As part of the Phase 2 reopening, the museum and historical archives will be opening by appointment beginning Wednesday,...
05/18/2020

As part of the Phase 2 reopening, the museum and historical archives will be opening by appointment beginning Wednesday, May 20th.

Appointments can be made by calling 352-341-6428. Tours we be scheduled for small groups at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. for seniors, and at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. for families.

The museum will be under temporary guidelines for the health and safety of patrons, staff, and volunteers. This includes limiting occupancy, practicing proper social distancing by remaining six feet apart, and wearing a mask or face-covering.

Check the comments for a new hint!
05/18/2020

Check the comments for a new hint!

This is a close up of small detail on one of our largest items on display at the museum! We want you to be #detaildetectives and give us your best guess as to what it could be!

You have a week to guess the correct answer. If no one has it by Monday we'll add an extra detail picture as a hint. Good luck detectives!

Thank you to all our volunteers who make what we do here at the museum possible. We want you to know how much we miss yo...
05/17/2020

Thank you to all our volunteers who make what we do here at the museum possible. We want you to know how much we miss you here at the museum where you bring so much passion, enthusiasm, and joy! Stay safe and remember even if we are apart, we are in this together! ❤️

05/16/2020

Silent video footage of Marlin sport fishing for Florida commercials shot in the 1950s. Authors Zane Grey and Ernest Hemingway captured the imagination of anglers and helped make marlin a top sport fishing challenge.

Today, marlin and other billfish have significantly reduced populations due to over fishing or as bycatch in commercial fishing vessels. Anglers have become a key part of conservation research efforts, aiding in tag and release programs and encouraging catch and release practices.

Footage courtesy of Florida State Archives at floridamemory.com

05/15/2020

Would you like to see more Live Facebook Videos from the museum while we are closed?

This is a close up of small detail on one of our largest items on display at the museum! We want you to be #detaildetect...
05/14/2020

This is a close up of small detail on one of our largest items on display at the museum! We want you to be #detaildetectives and give us your best guess as to what it could be!

You have a week to guess the correct answer. If no one has it by Monday we'll add an extra detail picture as a hint. Good luck detectives!

Mosaic of the Florida State Seal, original to the building in 1912. Of course, being over 100 years old, the design is a...
05/13/2020

Mosaic of the Florida State Seal, original to the building in 1912. Of course, being over 100 years old, the design is a little bit out of date!

Does anyone know what's different from the seal we use today?

#courthousemuseum #elviscourthouse #FL #florida #stateseal

Museum staff is working on an upcoming exhibition titled: Then & Now: Neighborhood Snapshots. Here is a quick look at wh...
05/10/2020

Museum staff is working on an upcoming exhibition titled: Then & Now: Neighborhood Snapshots. Here is a quick look at what you might expect to see.

05/07/2020

Dr. Peggy Macdonald discusses the life and legacy of Marjorie Harris Carr on location in the Micanopy Historic District during the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum’s first Coffee and Conversations Facebook Live event, sponsored by Florida Humanities.

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Guide to Florida Poisonous Snakes, Citrus County Chronicle, circa 1970s. F...
05/01/2020

Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, Guide to Florida Poisonous Snakes, Citrus County Chronicle, circa 1970s.

Fun Fact: The snakes above should be called "venomous" rather than "poisonous". Venomous refers to a creature that can inject toxins through a bite or a sting, while poisonous refers to something that releases toxins into the body when it has been eaten.

Mark your calendars for May 7 at 12 p.m. Dr. Peggy MacDonald will be presenting a short Facebook Live on Marjorie Harris...
04/26/2020

Mark your calendars for May 7 at 12 p.m. Dr. Peggy MacDonald will be presenting a short Facebook Live on Marjorie Harris Carr, one of Florida's most influential women and conservationist.

She will broadcast live from Micanopy, a beautiful historic town in Alachua County and a place that Carr had a huge impact on during her conservation career.

We'll see you then!

Journalist and author Hampton Dunn with a copy of "Back Home" a history of Citrus County. This book is a great resource ...
04/25/2020

Journalist and author Hampton Dunn with a copy of "Back Home" a history of Citrus County. This book is a great resource for people who want to learn more about our local history and a must-have reference for local historians.

Copies are available at our online shop at www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com. We are still shipping items out during the COVID-19 closure.

04/24/2020

Join us for a sneak peek of one artifacts from the archives! This item was a doctor's bag used by Dr. Moon out of Crystal River.

Have any interesting artifacts at home? Share them with us in the comments below!

Here is this week's #detaildetective! This is a close up a more recent addition to our Local History Gallery and one of ...
04/23/2020

Here is this week's #detaildetective! This is a close up a more recent addition to our Local History Gallery and one of our favorite artifacts in the museum!

Take your best guess and let us know what you think it is in the comments below! 😉

Photos from April 1971, of the nuclear power plant being constructed in Crystal River. It operated until 2009. The plant...
04/22/2020

Photos from April 1971, of the nuclear power plant being constructed in Crystal River. It operated until 2009. The plant is currently in the process of being decommissioned.

Earlier this month, Duke Energy was approved to transfer the license to a firm that specialized in decommissioning retired nuclear plants. Duke Energy estimates this will speed up the process by roughly 50 years, with the goal set for 2027!

Read More Here: https://www.power-eng.com/2020/04/02/nrc-approves-crystal-river-nuclear-plant-license-transfer-as-part-of-decommissioning/#gref

One of our favorite resources is Florida Memory from the Florida State Archives. They have been working hard on a websit...
04/17/2020
Florida Memory

One of our favorite resources is Florida Memory from the Florida State Archives. They have been working hard on a website redesign and today they are back open!

History buffs can spend plenty of time enjoying photographs, blog posts, videos, documentaries, folk music recordings and more! Check it out today!

Searchable collections of manuscripts, war records, historic images, vital statistics, audio and video recordings from the State Library and Archives of Florida.

Have you ever heard of famous painter Homer Winslow? A self-taught artist, Homer began his career in commercial illustra...
04/15/2020
Red Shirt, Homosassa, Florida

Have you ever heard of famous painter Homer Winslow? A self-taught artist, Homer began his career in commercial illustration, but honed his craft and began to paint studio works in oil painting and watercolors.

Although his work is quite varied, his ouevre features a vast array of landscapes, especially aquatic and marine scenes.

In 1903, 1904, and 1907 Homer visited Florida. It was in 1904 that he painted the piece Red Shirt in Homosassa. It is indicative of a turning point in his career, as his landscapes began to feature people less and less and instead focus on the power of nature. If not for the bright red shirt, one could almost miss the fisherman amidst the beautiful Florida landscape.

Housed in the National Gallery of Art, it is viewable online at the link here.

Winslow Homer

We have another #detaildetective challenge for everyone today! This is a close up shot of a detail of something that can...
04/13/2020

We have another #detaildetective challenge for everyone today! This is a close up shot of a detail of something that can be seen here at the museum.

The round part is about 2 inches in diameter and the length of the whole item is about 6 inches. Let us know what you think this is a part of in the comments below!

If no one guesses by Friday we will update this post with the answer! Have fun!

Great tips on enjoying nature and photography right in the safety of your own backyard! Share some of your pictures with...
04/09/2020
Florida Museum of Natural History

Great tips on enjoying nature and photography right in the safety of your own backyard! Share some of your pictures with us!

Exploring your #BackyardBiodiversity lately? Sharpen up your nature photos with a few quick tips and ideas! Hint: it's not always about your camera or smartphone. 📸🐛🌼 Try these simple tricks for better pics:

Did you know April is Jazz Appreciation Month? Check out these great online resources from the National Endowment of the...
04/07/2020
Jazz Appreciation Month: Ella Fitzgerald and Women in Jazz

Did you know April is Jazz Appreciation Month? Check out these great online resources from the National Endowment of the Humanities: EDSITEment!

EDSITEment! features free articles, lesson plans, and even virtual museum exhibitions on a variety of topics! It's a great resource for teachers, parents, and lifelong learners.

Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) was created by the National Museum of American History back in 2002 to celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz. Each year the museum picks a theme and a major musician to commemorate.

We love to geek out about our beautiful building's architectural history. It's been through so many changes in its long ...
04/06/2020

We love to geek out about our beautiful building's architectural history. It's been through so many changes in its long life.

One that our most observance visitors usually ask about is this totally mismatched marble! Most of the marble in the building is the lighter marble and it is original to the buildings construction in 1912. However, during restoration in the 1990's, some damaged pieces did have to be replaced.

The interesting part? The same Georgia quarry where the marble was purchased in 1912 was still in business and that is where the new pieces came from. Of course, almost 100 years later the vein was different, resulting in this two tone wall look on the first floor!

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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