When Elvis Came to Town



Citrus County Historical Society

Welcome to the Citrus County Historical Society!

          First Coffee and Conversation begins with the Florida Humanities Speaker Series hosting Dr. Rosyln Howard

            at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum 

Join us for our first program of our 2017-2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida’s history, culture, and people. Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, this series will showcase five engaging talks and performances, starting in October 2017 and ending in April 2018. Admission to each is   free. However, please call to reserve your seat (352.341.6428), due to limited seats. All programs will be hosted at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, 1 Courthouse Square, downtown Inverness on the Square.

Our series will touch on a wide range of topics, including a historical journey into Florida’s Spanish colonial life and the influence that the Black Seminoles played later in our area during the Second Seminole War, an exploration of manatees—Florida’s beloved sea cows, lighthouses and the role they played in our state, as well the many myths of Chief Osceola, and lastly Carrie-Sue Ayvar will introduce us to Doc Anna: Swamp Doctor of Florida and her unbelievable but true tales of south Florida. 



New Exhibition Opening 

An Exhibit titled, The Lure of Florida Fishing is currently on display and will run through the end of October 2017

Artifacts, including historic images, fish mounts and tackle tell the tale of sport fishing in the Sunshine State. From the 19th century to the present, sport fishing has drawn people to Florida’s coastal and inland waterways. This exhibit explains how fishing became such a popular activity for visitors and residents alike.

“This exhibit allows visitors to experience and learn about the fascinating history and lineage of sport fishing in the Sunshine State,” per Historical Resources Manager, Kathy Turner Thompson. We hope visitors and Floridians alike will get hooked on Florida fishing as so many have before them. Gosh, even Elvis Presley got hooked when he came to Citrus County, to film the movie Follow That Dream; he brought his own boat with him to navigate the Crystal River. 

This exhibition originated from the Florida Museum of History in Tallahassee.

Guided Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Inverness

Wednesday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m. will be the next Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Inverness!  Get your reservations quickly! These highly entertaining and educational tours are held the third Wednesday morning of each month and since there has been such popularity for them, we are requiring reservations. See below for the telephone number.

Hear stories of early and present-day Inverness as your guide shows you a small town rich with history. Experience the beautiful lakes, parks, and quaint, walkable downtown and its the historic buildings. Even locals will be amazed by what they learn! 

All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. $5.00/per adult, $2.00/per child. For more information or reservations please contact 352-341-6428.

Check out the below links for fun, interesting, and educational events and activities!                                            

discovercrystalriverfl.com - And the surrounding communities of Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City

NatureCoaster.com - What's happening now in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties

Citrus County Historical Society

The Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (CCHS, INC.) was originally formed in 1963, and incorporated in 1979. Operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, it accepts tax-deductible donation in the active pursuit to "preserve and further the knowledge of the history and pre-history of Citrus County and nearby areas."

Since 1985, the Citrus County Historical Society has been located in The Old 1912 County Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. The historic Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.Call (352) 341-6428 to order historic photographs for your home, office or business. Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with one of our many programs, events or councils. 

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