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Hernando County

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Named after the Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto who trekked through this area in 1539, Hernando County has come a long way.

Prior to the 1880's, Hernando County was much larger and included what are now Citrus, and Pasco counties. On January 2, 1887 the state legislature passed a law that subdivided the county into the three counties that exist today.

Present day Hernando County covers approximately 506 sq. miles of area including the cities of Brooksville and Weeki Wachee. Unincorporated areas include Spring Hill, Ridge Manor, Ridge Manor West, Bayport, Aripeka, Lake Lindsey and Hernando Beach.

The county stretches 37 miles from East to West and 18 miles from North to South. It is bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico and on the north by the Chassahowitzka Swamp and the Withlacoochee State Forrest.

In the 1980's, Hernando County was the third fastest growing county in the nation. According to US Census records, the projected population for the year 2010 is 156,600 residents.

Hernando County is an active outdoor paradise with an average January temperature of 60 degrees. There are plenty of outdoor activities in Hernando County including hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking, birding, and hiking.

Championship golf courses, paved or wilderness bicycle trails, Weeki Wachee and Buccaneer Bay attractions, The Historical Museum in Brooksville, The Hernando County Fair, the Hernando Botanical Gardens, Hernando Beach and the Croom Motorcycle Recreation Area attract visitors from all over the country and beyond.

Hernando County is part of what is called the "Nature Coast", with large areas of land set aside as public preserves including the Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge, Chinsegut Hill National Wildlife Refuge, Withlacoochee State Forest, Weeki Wachee Preserve, and the PK Ranch.

There is plenty of water recreation also on the Withlacoochee River (one of the few rivers in the world that flows North) and the Weeki Wachee River and Weeki Wachee Spring as well as Silver Lake.

There are many cultural events in Hernando, one of which is the Annual Brooksville Raid Festival sponsored by the The Hernando Historical Museum Assoc., Inc.

The festival is a re-creation of a civil war battle that happened in Hernando County in July of l864. It is held on the 3rd weekend in January every year and has become the largest civil war reenactment in Florida with over 3200 re-enactors, 32 cannons and 80 horses.

Brooksville is the County Seat of Hernando County and is also steeped in history, the downtown square still has an old-fashioned, small town ambiance about it. Built upon sloping and rolling hills, many of Brooksville's historic buildings are Victorian-era structures and ancient, moss covered oaks watch over the stone paved streets.

Residents of Brooksville also enjoy excellent health care, there are hundreds of medical facilities, doctors offices and medical laboratories as well as the Brooksville Regional Hospital, Spring Hill Regional Hospital, and the new Oak Hill Hospital.

If you are interested learning more about building a home in the Hernando County area including Spring Hill, Bayport, Hernando Beach, Pristine Place, Woodland Waters and Hernando Oaks, please contact Dream Custom Homes or visit our Hernando Model Center.