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Save the Dates! 25th Annual Old Fashioned Christmas Around the Square 

The Citrus County Historical Society's annual holiday event around the Square, devoted as a service to the community, coordinates various civic clubs and organizations within the county who sponsor trees. For the past twenty-five years, the Citrus County Historical Society and Museum staff have organized "Trees Around the Old Courthouse". 

The trees will be lit after Thanksgiving to spread the symbols of the season throughout Courthouse Square. Those who venture forth on dark winter evenings passing the courthouse will be greeted with the cheery sight of 19 brightly lit Christmas trees, each with 600 shining, white lights. One special tree shines all in green lights, part of the National "Greenlight a Vet" campaign that reminds viewers of the impact transitioning veterans make in and out of uniform in communities across the country. 

On Friday, December 13, 2019 at 5 p.m. visit the Square for an Old Fashioned Christmas Event! The City of Inverness, Valerie Theater, Citrus County Historical Society and Museum, and the Citrus County Chronicle partner to bring Santa and Mrs. Claus, snow, train rides, and other great holiday fun to Inverness families. The lights on the trees will be brightly shining for this free event, open to all, that brings holiday joy to hearts. 

We cherish this special season because it brings us all together, but it would not be possible without our cherished residents, members, volunteers, and helpers throughout the season! 


The City of Inverness Celebrates their 100 years of Incorporation 
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Inverness with a new exhibition, Inverness through the Ages: 1919 – 2019.

This exhibition has been created in-house by museum staff in collaboration with the Museum Exhibit and Program Committee. Through the stories of new settlers’ contributions and sacrifices, visitors will come to understand how and why Inverness came to be. Learn the town’s founding fathers, how Inverness got its name, and the industries that sustained the town through land booms and depressions       

Along the way, learn interesting bits of history you may never have heard before. For example, did you know Inverness was first known as La Belle, then Tompkinsville, before it got the name it carries with pride today? This exhibition pays tribute to the contributions of servicemen and women of Inverness from the Second Seminole War to today but also explores the hilarious antics of young teenaged pranksters in the 1950s. We share the trials and tribulations of daily life throughout the years, (anyone remember scrubbing the laundry by hand?), but also the larger changes in growth and development that have shaped the city into what it is today. The stories that makeup Inverness are diverse and varied; they can be humorous, solemn, daring, or downright silly, but they are all interesting and entertaining! 

For more information, please call 352-341-6428 or e-mail As always, please stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square in downtown Inverness for a tour!



Check out the below links for fun, interesting, and educational events and activities! - And the surrounding communities of Homosassa, Inverness and Floral City - 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." A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state to 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352). Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.

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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