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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Check out this great article from Florida Humanities on the Swim-Ins held to protest the segregation of swimming pools a...
02/21/2020
Swim-In at Monson's - An Institution Doused - Florida Humanities

Check out this great article from Florida Humanities on the Swim-Ins held to protest the segregation of swimming pools and beaches. The photo shown is from the swim-in at Monson's Motor Lodge in St. Augustine, Florida in June of 1964.

In celebration of Black History Month this February, join us in looking back at the unique demonstrations of the SCLC during the Civil Rights Era: Swim-ins.

Tomorrow night's show with Greta Pope is sold out! We are so excited for this performance from such a talented musical g...
02/19/2020

Tomorrow night's show with Greta Pope is sold out! We are so excited for this performance from such a talented musical group.

Thanks to everyone for your support! The concerts are great entertainment, but it is also the major fundraiser the for Historical Society and Museum. Funds help to bring in new exhibits, purchase archival supplies for the museum collection and artifacts, and to continue providing education programs to children, families, and adults! THANK YOU! 🙏

The Citrus County African American Read-In is this weekend on Sunday, February 23, at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to head out to t...
02/18/2020

The Citrus County African American Read-In is this weekend on Sunday, February 23, at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to head out to the College of Central Florida's Citrus Campus at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, to celebrate our diverse community!

Listen to unique and powerful selections of black literature, poetry, and music, while enjoying great music, food, and company!

Follow Citrus County African American Read-In for news and information on how YOU can be involved in this annual event!

One of the Florida Museum of Natural History best traveling exhibits, "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" has...
02/18/2020
Florida Museum of Natural History

One of the Florida Museum of Natural History best traveling exhibits, "Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas" has found at new home in Ocala at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Plan a day trip and enjoy this incredible exhibit that highlights an important component of Florida's history!

NOW OPEN: The Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center debuts the new “Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas” exhibit today during the 10th annual Silver River Knap-In and Prehistoric Arts Festival.

We had a great time out at the Historic Hernando School this past weekend with Trout Fishing in America! Thanks to all t...
02/17/2020

We had a great time out at the Historic Hernando School this past weekend with Trout Fishing in America! Thanks to all the families that come out to the show and enthusiastically danced, sang, and clapped their hands along to this wonderful music!

To keep up to date on all the events at the school follow Hernando Heritage Council!

Timeline Photos
02/16/2020

Timeline Photos

Check out the Valerie Theater's double feature for Valentine's Day in 1951! Would you take your date to see these films?...
02/14/2020

Check out the Valerie Theater's double feature for Valentine's Day in 1951! Would you take your date to see these films? 👀

Article reads "Mad Enemy Scientists Hatch Mass U.S. Murder Plot in The Whip Hand. Second Feature is Slaughter Trail in Cinecolor!!"

Sure doesn't seem that would set the mood for a romantic date!

#VintageFilms #ValentinesDay #HappyValentinesDay #ValerieTheater #InvernessFL #BadDate

02/13/2020
Trout Fishing in America - ofFISHal page

Trout Fishing in America performing with students after a song writing workshop! Wonderful to see the creativity of the students shining forth.

Be sure to mark your calendars for their Free Children's concert this Saturday at the Historic Hernando School, starting at 2:00 p.m. The school is located at 2415 N. Florida Avenue, in Hernando, at the intersection of 41 and 486 (Norvell Bryant Hwy).

Delynne West invited us back to her music classroom for two song writing workshops and this is what the kids came up with. We're sure her students were speaking hypothetically 😉

From the museum collections, an antique postcard featuring a WWI soldier in profile.
02/11/2020

From the museum collections, an antique postcard featuring a WWI soldier in profile.

This ballot box design came into widespread use in the election of 1868, when Ulysses S. Grant was elected the 18th Pres...
02/10/2020

This ballot box design came into widespread use in the election of 1868, when Ulysses S. Grant was elected the 18th President of the United States. It is known as a mule-mounted ballot box because it was designed to be carried on a mule's back. These boxes continued to be used in some rural parts of the country as late as the 1960s! A unique piece of voting history, the museum has several from Citrus County preserved in the archives.

#2020election #votinghistory #localhistory #elviscourthouse #citruscounty

Thank you to all the teachers, parents, and students from Inverness Primary for your visit to the Old Courthouse Heritag...
02/09/2020

Thank you to all the teachers, parents, and students from Inverness Primary for your visit to the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum to learn about civics and what it is like to be a historian! We hope you all enjoyed your time at the museum as much as we did!

02/08/2020
Trout Fishing in America - 18 Wheels on a Big Rig

Trout Fishing in America is coming to the Historic Hernando School on Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m. to perform a lively and fun children's concert for all ages! The best part? It is free for you and your family!

Come on down to the Historic Hernando School, located at the intersection of 41 and Norvell Bryant Highway in Hernando.

TFIA perform at the 2011 Deep Roots Festival in Milledgeville, GA

Citrus County Jail with the old water tower in the background. Circa 1910. Did you know the Museum still has the stone n...
02/07/2020

Citrus County Jail with the old water tower in the background. Circa 1910.

Did you know the Museum still has the stone numbers from the top of the building in the archives? Does anyone remember seeing them when they were on display? 👀

#elviscourthouse #citruscounty #localhistory #historicbuildings #citruscountyhistory #FLHistory

The Citrus County African American Read-In is coming up quickly on Sunday, February 23, at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to head out...
02/06/2020

The Citrus County African American Read-In is coming up quickly on Sunday, February 23, at 2:30 p.m. Be sure to head out to the College of Central Florida's Citrus Campus at 3800 S. Lecanto Highway, for this wonderful event.

We are looking forward to hearing some of the best selection of African American literature and poetry from local citizens and students.

Follow Citrus County African American Read-In for the most up-to-date news!

The Citrus County Chronicle interviewed our very own Mary Ford, the volunteer who's creativity has helped bring many bea...
02/05/2020
Statewide Stitching: Inverness Heritage Museum hosting first juried art quilt exhibit

The Citrus County Chronicle interviewed our very own Mary Ford, the volunteer who's creativity has helped bring many beautiful quilts to the museum for our guests. Her newest idea? An art quilt exhibit!

Anyone in Florida can submit an entry! Get quilting folks!

When Mary Ford became a quilter, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum became an Inverness hot spot.

Today is the first day of Black History Month. Coined "Negro History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson, which was cho...
02/01/2020

Today is the first day of Black History Month. Coined "Negro History Week" by historian Carter G. Woodson, which was chosen to cover the birthdays of President Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14), Black History Month was officialized by Gerald Ford, citing "the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is putting out a Call for Entry statewide, for "Community", our First Juried Art Quil...
01/29/2020

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is putting out a Call for Entry statewide, for "Community", our First Juried Art Quilt Exhibit.

Feeling inspired? Want to participate? Read the inspiration text below and start stitching! Entry forms are due September 1, 2020 so there is plenty of time to create, whether you are new to art quilts or an experienced fabric artist. Full entry information and entry information available at https://citruscountyhistoricalsociety.org/quilt2020.php

You are part of many communities. Groups of like-minded individuals with common interests. Regions, zones, neighborhoods. Your homeland or place of origin. Our society, your church, your social or work network. Brotherhoods, sisterhoods, friendships. You may be part of a community of people you’ve never met in person.

Your community has a history. Time makes many changes. Your community is filled with interesting architectural structures of all sorts. Homes, stores, meeting places, schools, restaurants, businesses. There are parks and natural areas that are unique to your region. Take a look around your part of the world and absorb all the sights, sounds, scents, scenes that make it your community.

Let your quilt express what community means to you.

“Trout Fishing in America” to Perform a Free Children’s Show at the Historic Hernando School.The Citrus County Historica...
01/27/2020

“Trout Fishing in America” to Perform a Free Children’s Show at the Historic Hernando School.

The Citrus County Historical Society and the Hernando Heritage Council are proud to announce a fantastic, free children’s program to be held at the Historic Hernando School, 2415 N. Florida Avenue, Hernando, Florida, 34442 on Saturday, February 15, at 2 p.m.

Trout Fishing in America is a group comprised of musicians Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet. Their true talent is in how they connect with audiences of all ages. Keith and Ezra take it as a point of pride that their performances can appeal to everyone, and they often have three or four generations of a family come together to attend a show. Blending the sounds of rock and roll, blues, folk, country, bluegrass, and even a little funk and reggae, this duo knows how to give the audience a good time!

Their children’s program is geared towards ages 4-12, but can truly be enjoyed by all. They stimulate imaginations, improve language skills, and build self-esteem through audience participation, but most importantly, they are just plain fun!

Partnerships and sponsorships are always available. If you, your business, or organization are interested, please contact the Historical Society at 352-341-6428.

Historic Hernando School Happenings - Craft FairFebruary 29,(Sat) and March 1, (Sun), 2020 - 9 am to 2 pm - A Craft Fair...
01/27/2020

Historic Hernando School Happenings - Craft Fair
February 29,(Sat) and March 1, (Sun), 2020 - 9 am to 2 pm - A Craft Fair will take place on the grounds of the Historic Hernando School, 2415 N. Florida Ave, 34442. All proceeds from this event will benefit and help to complete the interior restoration of the historic school. Vendors are still being accepted, register is $20 per vendor and you will need to bring your own table. For more information call, Cathy Johnson at 352.697-0193, or Pamela Noel at 352.249.6970.

Free lecture at the Pinellas County African American History Museum tomorrow with Dr. Anthony Dixon. Great programming f...
01/24/2020

Free lecture at the Pinellas County African American History Museum tomorrow with Dr. Anthony Dixon. Great programming from the Florida Humanities!

Join Dr. Anthony Dixon and our friends at the Pinellas County African American History Museum tomorrow for a engaging examination of Florida's relationship with African descendants from 1513 to the present.

The discussion is free to the public and begins at 7 pm.

Find out more at: http://bit.ly/3awGWmw
#FLHumanities

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint A summery, southern delight that was served at our last Coffee and Conversations Event. ...
01/22/2020
Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint - Salty Sweet Refreshing

Watermelon Feta Salad with Mint
A summery, southern delight that was served at our last Coffee and Conversations Event. You asked so here is the recipe! 🍉

This refreshing salad with watermelon, feta cheese, and fresh mint is simply dressed with olive oil and lime juice. Perfect for summer.

Stairs to the Temple Mound at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Florida State Parks #FLStateParks #oldschoolc...
01/19/2020

Stairs to the Temple Mound at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park. Florida State Parks #FLStateParks #oldschoolcool

If you enjoyed the tasting at our lecture last week with Dr. Bireda on the African origin of some of our favorite southe...
01/18/2020

If you enjoyed the tasting at our lecture last week with Dr. Bireda on the African origin of some of our favorite southern food we have a treat for you!

Black-eyed peas are a bean that originated in West Africa, and were brought to the West Indies through the slave trade. It is a key ingredient in many West African dishes but has also come to be a favorite in Southern cooking.

Here is the recipe for a unique twist on the popular bean, for Black-Eyed Pea Salsa!

1 can black eye peas, drained and rinsed
1 can white shoe peg corn, drained and rinsed
1 small red onion, chopped small
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, chopped small
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
2 tbsp. Tiger Sauce

You can, also, include cucumber, cherry tomato, celery, and cilantro.

Mix together black eye peas, corn, onion, and peppers. In a small bowl whisk together with the oil, vinegar, sugar and Tiger sauce. Pour over the vegetables and mix thoroughly. Refrigerate overnight. Drain before serving. Dip with chip scoops.

Florida Humanities supports a vast array of programs throughout the state, in our libraries, schools, universities, muse...
01/17/2020

Florida Humanities supports a vast array of programs throughout the state, in our libraries, schools, universities, museums, and more. We are proud supporters of Florida Humanities, who have helped fund programs like our Coffee and Conversations Speaker Series and special exhibits such as "Man and Manatees".

Click the link below to see highlights of all their work in Citrus County and the West Central Florida area!

http://ow.ly/ZSrT50xWaPs

01/16/2020
Citrus County African American Read-In

The Citrus County African American Read-In is approaching! Be sure to mark your calendars and enjoy this amazing program on Sunday, February 23!

Here's a quick look at the 2019 Read-in as we start planning for 2020. Do you want to be a part of it? Please let us know.

Come down to the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and see our newest exhibition featuring Centennial Faces and Black Citiz...
01/16/2020

Come down to the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum and see our newest exhibition featuring Centennial Faces and Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow. These two complimentary exhibits explore the Black experience following Reconstruction through the turn of the century.

Exhibits on loan from Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee and The New York Historical Society.

Tomorrow night, Richard Smith and Julie Adams join us for Music at the Museum. Come on down at 6 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres...
01/15/2020

Tomorrow night, Richard Smith and Julie Adams join us for Music at the Museum. Come on down at 6 p.m. for hors d'oeuvres and at 7 p.m. for great music!

http://bit.ly/Jan2020Music

Our first Coffee and Conversations speaking event went wonderfully! Thank you to Dr. Martha Bireda, for the fascinating ...
01/10/2020

Our first Coffee and Conversations speaking event went wonderfully! Thank you to Dr. Martha Bireda, for the fascinating culinary history and to the Florida Humanities for sponsoring the 2020 Program!

All kinds of southern and local favorites were prepared for the tasting including fried chicken from Oysters Of Crystal River, Sweet Potato Pie by Alida Langley, and the best collard greens from The Museum Cafe in Homosassa! Members of the Historical Society provided Sweet Potato Pone, Fried Corn, Watermelon Salad, Black-eyed Pea Salsa, Cracker Gumbo and more! Keep your eyes peeled for recipe postings soon! 👀

We hope everyone who came enjoyed the food, company, and lecture!

Did you know you  can order high quality, affordable, fine art prints of any of the pictures in the Historical Society's...
01/06/2020

Did you know you can order high quality, affordable, fine art prints of any of the pictures in the Historical Society's collection?

Shown here are two 16"x20" and one 11"x14" prints of some wonderful images of Inverness gone by. Standard or custom sizes available.

These make wonderful presents and are a great way to decorate a local business or office.

Elvis during the filming of Follow that Dream in 1961 on the second floor courtroom of the Old Courthouse. Not too long ...
01/05/2020

Elvis during the filming of Follow that Dream in 1961 on the second floor courtroom of the Old Courthouse.

Not too long after, the courthouse was modernized to make room for additional offices in a growing county. The footage from this film was an integral part of the restoration. Come visit us and see for yourself!

Sparkman's Store in Crystal River advert running a special for a free comic book! Children had to complete all the conne...
01/04/2020

Sparkman's Store in Crystal River advert running a special for a free comic book! Children had to complete all the connect the dots found in their ads throughout the month for a special prize!

It's January and Music at the Museum is back! Check out our events schedule for the full concert lineup and be sure to g...
01/03/2020

It's January and Music at the Museum is back! Check out our events schedule for the full concert lineup and be sure to get your tickets early at www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com!

On January 9 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Martha Bireda will be presenting "The African Roots of Southern Cooking". We are looking f...
01/02/2020

On January 9 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Martha Bireda will be presenting "The African Roots of Southern Cooking". We are looking forward to this interesting and free program and hope you come out an join us!

As a special addition to this program, we will be serving small tasting dishes of southern favorites. What southern foods would you like to see at the program?

Model Arrilla Jones celebrates the New Year underwater at Silver Springs. She know how to ring in the New Year in Florid...
01/01/2020

Model Arrilla Jones celebrates the New Year underwater at Silver Springs. She know how to ring in the New Year in Florida style!

Be safe and enjoy ringing in the New Year tonight! The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be closed tomorrow, New Year'...
12/31/2019

Be safe and enjoy ringing in the New Year tonight!

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will be closed tomorrow, New Year's Day.

12/30/2019

Interesting recollections from a long time Inverness resident, Melvin Arline.

Timeline Photos
12/29/2019

Timeline Photos

Lemo, the Great Cat, guards the register in the interior of Hall's Drug Store, Inverness, Florida.
12/28/2019

Lemo, the Great Cat, guards the register in the interior of Hall's Drug Store, Inverness, Florida.

Florida Historical Society
12/27/2019

Florida Historical Society

12/27 Today in Florida History from the Florida Historical Society!

1845 – The Florida Senate officially “consented to and adopted” the first flag of the new state of Florida on this date. It was unfurled at Governor Moseley’s inauguration on June 25 of that year, even though the Senate objected to the motto, “Let Us Alone.” It was because of this disagreement, and the fact that the House of Representatives and Senate acted through different resolutions at different times, that the flag was never officially adopted. During the Civil War, a number of unofficial flags flew throughout the state and it was not until 1868, when Florida was readmitted into the Union, that a new official flag and seal were approved. The current design was adopted in 1900.

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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 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30

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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