Along my travels, I find a lot of treasure to visit. I ran across the May Stringer Museum in Hernando County. It is located in the quaint little town of Brooksville, FL. So I decided to stop and take a step back in time. At a modest $5.00 entry fee and a small donation. This is the oldest home in the area. During the 1842 Armed Occupation Act, it stated that any settler who would build a home, farm the land and defend it, after 5 years would be granted 160 acres of land. Richard Wiggins was the first man to homestead the land.
In 1855, John May bought the property and build a 4 room house. He died in 1858, and his wife Marena May continued to live there and ran the plantation. In 1866, she remarried a confederate soldier named Frank Saxon. Marena died 1869 during childbirth. Frank Saxon sold the home to Dr. Sheldon Stringer who expanded the home to fourteen rooms and ran a medical practice out of one of the rooms on the ground floor.
Three generations of the Stringers lived their until they sold the home to Dr Earl Hensley and his wife Helen. They eventually sold it to the Hernando County Historical Museum Association.
In 1981, it became known as the May-Stringer House Museum. It is definitely worth a visit if you are a fan of history. Enjoy some photos I took during the visit.
Parlor Room – one of the first rooms built in the original four room home. All of the Victorian pieces have been donated.
Formal Dining Room, if you look at the windows in the back onto the porch. Back in the 1800’s homes were taxed for each exit door. So in order to avoid the tax John May built the windows almost shoulder height so they could exit through the windows instead of doors. I like how he was thinking out of the box.
If you are in the area, it is worth the drive. Located at 601 Museum Ct., Brooksville, FL 34601. Finish the trip with a stop into the Famous Coney Island Drive Inn
Famous Coney Island Drive Inn- Brooksville, FL
1961 – Elvis Presley was in Inverness, Florida filming the movie “Follow that Dream” and legend has it he ventured down to Brooksvegas for one of the Famous Footlongs.
Oh if you grew up with the Big Boy, and wondered where he went. I found him on the roof of the Famous Coney Island Drive Inn. Located at 1112 East Jefferson St., Brooksville, FL 34601