In 1980 The Hernando Historical Museum Association leased the house located at 601 Museum Court, Brooksville with an option to buy. In 1985 the purchase was completed, and the May-Stringer House became the first Museum in Brooksville. Volunteers completely restored the House with the help of grants to buy the materials.
In 1991 The Hernando Historical Museum Association purchased the 1885 Train Depot along with an acre and a half of land at 70 Russell Street from CSX Railroad for $12,600 and restored the building.
The Countryman Family One Room Schoolhouse is a new structure built in 2014 and completed January 2015 after fourteen years of fundraising by Museum volunteers, especially Gretchen Countryman. It is next to the Train depot at 66 Russell Street.
The Hernando Historical Museum Association is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. The Association is governed by a Board of Directors. The organization is completely run my volunteers that wish to celebrate and preserve the hard work and ingenuity of generations past, and to inspire current and future generations to value this industry which was essential to Florida’s history, culture, and economic growth.
The current Board of Directors are:
Mary Sheldon – President
Virginia Rusk – 1st Vice President
Bonnie LeTourneau – Secretary
Kathy Vidal – Treasurer
Gretchen Countryman – Education Director
Morgan Gonzalez – Curator
In memory – Gary Spurlock passed away on 11 September 2021. Gary was a long time volunteer and 2nd Vice President of the Hernando Historical Museum Association. He will be missed.