Books

  • The History of Railroads in Hernando County Florida and Neighboring Counties, by Suzanne Touchton The name, “Brooksville Short” was the locals nickname for the train as it traveled the ten miles from the main railroad line near the Withlacoochee River to the town and back each day. It is part local history and part railroad history. It serves as an introduction to a few railroads along Florida’s Gulf Coast and as a guide to the “Brooksville Short” and the 1885 Russell Street depot museum. There are pictures, maps, and charts from the history of the trains and depot. A complete index helps a reader find information. This book can be read and enjoyed by anyone interested railroads or local history. Suzanne L. Touchton, the author, has been a volunteer at the Brooksville 1885 Train Depot museum for many years. Her knowledge of history has earned her the title of Historian for the museum association.  She is currently working on another historical book for the museum association.
  • by the Hernando Today, a media Newspaper For years the local newspaper published weekly articles on a thousand years of Hernando County history. The editors drew on the talent of local historians, and scholars, who had poured over history books, old newspapers and genealogies to piece together a chronology of events. In 2000 the newspaper collected these articles in one volume. The 130-page book contains 50 chapters starting with the Ancient Era to the Modern Era. The Hernando Today published a daily newspaper in Hernando County for twenty years. The last addition came out in November 30, 2014, when the newspaper shut down.
  • Untold stories of Historic Women in Hernando County Florida By Linda Welker The state of Florida has everything. The Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Gulf of Mexico on the other, a swamp to the south, prairies and forest to the center. In the mid-1800s settlers came to tame the wildness. Woman and men migrated in equal numbers. Join the author Linda Welker in a discussion of the brave women from the 1800s and early 1900s, who made Hernando County their home and played an active role in the development of the county. Linda Welker a has been a volunteer for the Hernando County Museum Association for fourteen years. She is a docent at the Russell Street 1885 Train Depot Museum and an author of seven books. Four of them, non-fiction, written as fund raisers for the Museums.
  • by Linda Welker In 1885, the railroad arrived at the Russell St. Train Depot in Brooksville, FL. Russell St. developed into important and valuable part of town. In 1998, S. Brooksville Ave became a National Historic District and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. A stroll from S. Main St. along the one block of Russell St. a left turn on S. Brooksville Ave. and up to Broad St. is one half mile. This book is a pictorial overview to One Half Mile in Brooksville, FL. Linda Welker a has been a volunteer for the Hernando County Museum Association for fourteen years. She is currently a Director at the Russell Street 1885 Train Depot Museum and an author of seven books. Four of them, non-fiction, written as fund raisers for the Museums.
  • "One Hundred Years or Thereabout" by Roger R. Landers This book begins with the Armed Occupation Act of 1842: If a head of household came to central Florida cultivated five areas, build a house and lived on the land for five years they were granted 160 acres. The development of Hernando County started when these settlers migrated here. There are copies of original documents, letters, pictures, maps, and newspaper articles contained within this volume. Each chapter is devoted to a decade from 1840 to 1945. It is the most accurate historical non-fiction book about Hernando County available. Roger Landers taught American History at a local middle school in Hernando County. He was shocked to discover how little the students knew about their local history. He spent years collecting the materials now contained within this volume. In 2014 with the help of Suzanne Touchton, he complied the book for everyone in the county to learn about their history.
  • By Alfred A. McKethan (1908-2002) Hernando County: Our Story, is based on some facts and some legends. Stories told by one generation to the next. The first chapter starts with the Spanish explorers in the fifteen hundreds. Then moves on to the Seminole Indians War. The complete Armed Occupation of 1842, an important document in Florida History, is included in the book. There are pictures and biographic information on notable figures in Hernando County history. It contains an extensive listing of public officials starting in 1843. The all-encompassing Index helps a reader find any item in the book. This book is being sold right now at a reduced price of only $9.00 with free shipping.   Alfred McKethan was a lifelong resident of Hernando County. He became a bank president, a citrus grower, and founder of the Brooksville Rock Corporation. He served on several government boards. The park at Pine Island is named after him as well as the college library and sports field. He was known for his generous philanthropy and his knowledge in the history of Hernando County. 1989 at the age of 81 he wrote the book Hernando County: Our Story paid for all the expenses and donated the rights and proceeds to the Brooksville Heritage Museum.
  • Cemeteries and Memorials, Hernando County Florida - Second Edition By Linda Welker In 2014 Jan Kalnbach and Linda Welker, two volunteers set out on a project for the Hernando County Historical Museum Association. Their purpose was to, document, and take pictures of every cemetery in the county. After a year they had found and visited all but three. The other three were unattainable. However, research on the internet provided pictures. In 2020 Linda Welker created a second edition. She revised and expanded the book. Hernando Epitaphs, contains the name, address, pictures and a paragraph or two about the history of each cemetery. Many chapters have a story about a person interned in the cemetery. A great guide for anyone curious about the cemeteries in Hernando County. Linda Welker a has been a volunteer for the Hernando County Museum Association for fourteen years. She is a docent at the Russell Street 1885 Train Depot Museum and an author of seven books. Four of them, non-fiction, written as fund raisers for the Museums.
  • Murder in Hernando County Florida Through the Ages. By Linda Welker and Jan Kalnbach Where ever there is a settlement of people, murder is sure to follow. The first recorded murder in Hernando County happened in 1843. This book contains essays on decades of murders. It is arranged by categories: like Deadly Arguments, Children as Victims, Women Who Kill and others types. The stories came out of headlines from the 1840s to 2018.  In a majority of cases the predator is caught and punished, but some are still unsolved. This is part of the past, most history books neglect.   Linda Welker a has been a volunteer for the Hernando County Museum Association for fourteen years. She is a docent at the Russell Street 1885 Train Depot Museum and an author of seven books. Four of them, non-fiction, written as fund raisers for the Museums.

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