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The History of Chinsegut Hill

 
 

Chinsegut Hill

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joseph Russell Snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elizabeth Carr - 1904 Chinsegut Hill
Aunt Lizze, Peter & Ann 1904 Chinsegut Hill

Our Peter, who learned his cooking craft of the Cubans during the late war(1898), is the most beguiling of conversationalists. In beautiful sky-blue, brass-buttoned clothes showing under a spotless apron, he stands, interlarding his promise to cook in "the Spanish style, "with legends learned of his mother who was born in the negro quarters here in those more sumptuous days when our hill was crowned with the finest orange grove in all Hernando County. Peter will tell you chuckling, that our great twelve by twelve inch cypress beams that now turn the edge of the white carpenters' tools, were hand hewn by his grandfather Jack, and by that gallant woodman "tied and pinned" to frame the house before the "orange grove days"-when all cleared land was cotton field.

Fielder Harris

Fielder Harris' House


Elizabeth "Bessie" Robbins

But more than by any other creature the spirit of idleness has been fostered by my four-footed friend, the particular joy of my life here, Dixie. For I must tell you that one's love of woods is only whetted by looking out, as I am told we do, upon two hundred and fifty thousand acres of virgin forest--the old Seminole hunting-grounds--which swallow up the white man's puny clearings so effectually that even a Zeiss glass can scarcely pick them out. Dixie and I may travel for hours, through tangles of jessamine-laced live-oak and palmetto, down to dim lakes where the cypresses stand in water to their "knees" (with all the moss curtains close-drawn against the sun), and never see a soul. Then, when even in the open ways of the pine woods we find the warm day quenched in mist, I let the rein fall slack and trust to that skill of Dixie's, never baffled yet, to take me home the shortest way, in spite of night or storm or the fierce dazzle of tropic lightning.

Raymond RobbinsRaymond Robbins Obituary

Chinsegut Hill History
Chinsegut Hill History
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Fielder Harris Plowing

Chinsegut Hill History

Chinsegut Hill History
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In 1954, a lease of 114 acres comprising Chinsegut Hill Manor House and grounds was transferred from USDA to the University of Florida for educational use. Rayond Robins' personal library of 8,000 books was transferred to the University of Florida's library in Gainsville.

In 1958 the property was leased to the University of South Florida for $1 per year.

Note: The information contained in this website was gathered from diaries, letters, journals, deeds, census records and other historical documentation. Special Thanks to Fales Library & Friends of Chinsegut.

Special thanks to Bobby and Betty Snow for their tireless research and data contributions and to Dennis Rhodes curator of the Hernando Historical Museum, for photos.

 

 
     
 
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