is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 130,802. Its county seat is Brooksville, Florida
Around 1840, Fort DeSoto was established in present-day Hernando County in the northeast edge of present-day Brooksville to protect settlers in the area from Native Americans. Fort DeSoto became a small community center, trading post, and way station on the route to Tampa. When settlement by the fort began around 1845, it was alternatively known as Pierceville.
Then encompassing a significantly larger area of west central Florida than it does today, Hernando County was officially established on February 27, 1843, two years prior to Florida's admission into the Union. Named for Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, whose name has also been honored in De Soto County, Hernando County was briefly renamed "Benton County" in 1844 for Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, a strong supporter of territorial expansion who aided in the county's creation. However Benton fell out of favor with the county's residents later in the decade due to his decision to support the Missouri Compromise and overall reversal of his stance on slavery, and the county's name reverted in 1850.
In December 1854, the legislature designated the small port town of Bayport the County Seat. Residents living in the eastern section of the county instead desired a more central place for the county government, and by 1855, voters had selected an inland site within five miles of the center of the county at the town of Melendez. In 1856, the citizens of the Hernando County chose to rename the town, their new County Seat, "Brooksville" in honor of South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks, who in the same year beat fierce abolitionist Masschusetts Senator Charles Sumner with a cane in the Senate chambers, winning the Congressman great renown in the South.
In 1855, town founder Joseph Hale donated land for a county courthouse in the center of present-day Brooksville. The structure was completed soon thereafter and serviced the county until September 29, 1877, when it was destroyed in a fire.
During the Civil War, Hernando County primarily contributed foodstuffs, cotton, and lumber to the Confederacy. Although Union ships imposed a blockade on the port of Bayport, runners enjoyed a great deal of success--enough to lead the Union in June 1864 to order some 150-250 troops to destroy Confederate stockpiles in the county. In early July, the expedition marched northward from Anclote River to Brooksville, meeting some resistance from assembled Confederate troops hastily organized to protect the city. The Federal troops won this engagement (known locally as the "Brooksville Raid") and marched to Bayport, where they and an auxiliary force landing from gunboats sacked Rebel operations. The skirmish between Union "raiders" and local Confederates is reenacted annually in the county.
On January 2, 1887, the Florida State Legislature divided Hernando County into three independent counties: Pasco County to the south, Citrus County to the north, and Hernando County in the middle. Since then, Hernando County's borders have remained unchanged.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,526 km² (589 mi²). 1,239 km² (478 mi²) of it is land and 287 km² (111 mi²) of it (18.80%) is water. According to the World Atlas USA, Hernando County is the geographic center of Florida.
Hernando County is home to the largest (truck-to-truck) WalMart Distribution Center in the U.S. It is approximately 1,600,000 s.f. in size and located in Ridge Manor.
Hernando County Airport Industrial Park Airport Industrial Park
The Airport Industrial Park is a 155 acre industrial park located in Brooksville- Spring Hill area of Hernando County. Adjacent to the Suncoast Parkway, the Airport Industrial Park offers a convenient and cost effective location just minutes North of Tampa Bay. The Industrial Park is owned and operated by Hernando County Government.
Hernando County Airport (KBKV) Hernando County Airport, like many general aviation airports of it's genre', is a former WWII military airfield. The War Department constructed a complete operational training facility at the site at the start of WWII. The project consisted of runways, taxiways, aprons, roads, utility systems, and about 150 buildings and structures. The Brooksville Army Air Field was used as an auxiliary airfield of MacDill Field and Drew Field for training pilots and ground crews during the war.
Operations at this field began in November 1942 with the arrival of the 1st Bomb Squadron. The 9th Bombardment Group used the airport for training on B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberators. The bomber crews from Brooksville regularly made practice runs to Avon Park and Osprey Bombing Ranges.
The site remained active until late 1945, then began concluding its activities and closing down. The Army determined that the site was surplus to their needs and reported it excess to the War Assets Administration (WAA) between 23 April 1946 and 11 June 1947. The WAA sold or removed most of the improvements for off-site use. The WAA conveyed the acreage and remaining improvements to the city of Brooksville by quitclaim deeds dated 10 October 1946, 29 September 1947 and 3 August 1948. The deeds contained recapture clauses, reverter clauses, maintenance clauses and restricted the property to public airport use only. The Federal Aviation Administration has since modified the public airport use restrictions and released the recapture clause.
Shortly thereafter, the city of Brooksville transferred the property to Hernando County. The site is still owned by Hernando County except for two small parcels sold to private interests. The remaining acreage is currently used by the county for an airport, industrial park, prison, land rentals and tree farming. (source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
The Modern Day Airport
The Hernando County Airport is uniquely situated in Florida, 45 miles north of Tampa. Hernando County, "One of the Top Business Locations in the South " according to Southern Business and Development Magazine, is also "The Leading Growth County in the Nation", according to American Demographics Magazine. The airport is just minutes from the nearest city, hotels, restaurants and entertainment.
The runways easily accommodate private and commercial aircraft. The airport has an onsite RailPark and AirPark . Interstate 75, U.S. 41 & U.S. 19 are nearby, and the adjacent SunCoast Parkway has reduced travel time to Tampa considerably An Airport Industrial Park that is an emerging player in Florida's High Tech Corridor. While having consistent growth in its traffic rate, the Hernando County Airport does not yet serve the general public through commercial airlines but does have charter and executive service.
The Hernando County Airport offers:
Runways : One 5,000-foot runway and one 7,000 foot runway. Access to fuel services with both Jet A and Avgas T-hangars, ample tie downs, and Aviation related services on the field. Home Base
The Hernando County Airport is also the home to the Florida National Guard 3rd Battalion 20th Special Forces Charlie Company and the Florida Army National Guard 171st Aviation Battalion.
Points of Interest
- Pine Island
- Withlacoochee State Forest
- Weeki Wachee Springs
- Bayport Park Delta Woods Park
- Veterans Memorial Park
- Tom Varn Park
'US 19' (Commercial Way) A major commercial center running beside to the Gulf of Mexico on the western edge of the county. Used as a primary connecting route to cities down the west coast of Florida, including Hudson, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg, as well as Homosassa and Crystal River to the north. 'US 41' (Broad Street) Runs parallel to US 19 through points in the center of the county, including downtown Brooksville, where it intersects with SR 50 and US 98. Still a primary connecting route with Tampa. 'US 98' (Ponce de Leon Boulevard) Runs diagonally across the county from the northwest to the southeast, where it exits into Pasco County. Runs concurrent with SR 50 in the eastern part of the county, intersects I-75, and meets the Suncoast Parkway at the parkway's current end. 'US 301' (Treiman Boulevard) A north and south highway that crosses into the county briefly at its tapered eastern end, running parallel to I-75. Intersects with SR 50 at Ridge Manor. 'Interstate 75' Runs north and south across the eastern part of the county, with one exit (Exit 301) at its intersection with US 98/SR 50. Once a major connecting point with Tampa, I-75 has been made somewhat obsolete for western residents of the county by the Suncoast Parkway. 'Suncoast Parkway' (SR 589) Enters the county in the south slightly to the west of US 41, and ends in the far northern part of the county at US 98. (N.B. the Suncoast Parkway is considered incomplete; there are plans for it to Hernando County in the north and head into Crystal River.) The Suncoast Parkway is a recently-constructed toll road that connects Hernando County with Hillsborough County, where it becomes the Veterans Expressway and heads directly into Tampa International Airport before reaching Interstate 275. SR 589 has four Hernando County exits: County Line Road (Exit 37), Spring Hill Drive (Exit 41), SR 50 (Exit 46), and US 98. 'SR 50' (Cortez Boulevard) Begins at US 19 in Weeki Wachee, runs through Brooksville, and exits into Sumter County at the eastern tip of the county. Along the way, it interchanges with the Suncoast Parkway, intersects with US 41 in Brooksville, runs concurrently with US 98, and intersects with I-75 and US 301 in the eastern part of the county. A significant, well-developed highway in the county, SR 50 originally extended from US 19 to the Gulf Coast at Bayport. This section was given back to the County and is currently CR 550. Currently, S.. 50 is used as a beeline route from the county to Orlando in the east. 'SR 50 Alternate' (Jefferson Street) A spur of SR 50 that runs through downtown Brooksville. Runs concurrently with both US 41 and US 98 at points. 'Spring Hill Drive' (CR 574) A major county road running roughly parallel to both SR 50 and the border with Pasco County. Begins by US 19, intersects the Suncoast Parkway, and ends at US 41.
- Citrus County, Florida - north
- Sumter County, Florida - east
- Pasco County, Florida - south
As of the census² of 2000, there were 130,802 people, 55,425 households, and 40,016 families residing in the county. The population density was 106/km² (274/mi²). There were 62,727 housing units at an average density of 51/km² (131/mi²).
There were 55,425 households out of which 21.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.40% were married couples living together, 8.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 23.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.70.
In the county the population was spread out with 18.90% under the age of 18, 5.40% from 18 to 24, 20.40% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 30.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 90.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $32,572, and the median income for a family was $37,509. Males had a median income of $30,295 versus $21,661 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,321. About 7.10% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.90% of those under age 18 and 6.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Weeki Wachee
- Hernando Beach
- High Point
- Hill 'n Dale
- Lake Lindsey
- North Brooksville
- North Weeki Wachee
- Pine Island
- Ridge Manor
- South Brooksville
- Spring Hill
- Spring Lake
- Timber Pines
- Weeki Wachee Gardens
Government links/Constitutional offices
|Energy || || |
|Progress Energy ||800-700-8744 || |
|Withlacoochee Electric Cooperative ||352-596-4000 || |
|Bay Cities Gas ||352-799-9239 || |
|TECO Peoples Gas ||352-683-0343 || |
|Hernando County ||352-754-4037 || |
|Brooksville ||352-544-5400 || |
|BellSouth ||800-753-2309 || |
|Bright House Network ||800-255-7856 || |
|Hernando County School Board ||352-797-7070 || |
|Hernando School Board Transportation Department ||352-797-7003 || |
|Colleges and Universities|
|Pasco-Hernando Community College ||352-796-6701 || |
|Main Branch ||352-754-4043 || |
|East Hernando Branch ||352-754-4443 || |
|West Hernando Branch ||352-592-5606 || |
|Little Red School House ||352-688-5037 || |
|Rock Cannery ||352-540-4306 || |
|Istachatta ||352-540-4304 || |
|Sheriff (information) ||352-754-6830 || |
|Fire (information) ||352-540-4353 || |
|Brooksville Regional Hospital ||352-796-5111 || |
|Oak Hill Hospital ||352-596-6632 || |
|Spring Hill Regional Hospital ||352-688-8200 || |
|Driver's Licenses ||352-754-6762 || |
|Vehicle Registration and Tags ||352-754-4180 || |
|Greyhound Bus Lines ||800-231-2222 || |
|Post Office ||800-275-8777 || |
|Homestead Exemption ||352-754-4190 || |
|Greater Hernando Chamber || || |
|Economic Development Commission ||800-391-7275 || |
|Boyett's Citrus Attraction and Zoo ||352-796-2289 || |
|Hernando Heritage Museum ||352-799-0129 || |
|Stage West Community Playhouse ||352-683-5113 || |
|Weeki Wachee Springs and Bucaneer Bay ||352-596-2062 || |
|Information courtesy of www.wikipedia.org/|