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Citrus County Historical Society

Welcome to the Citrus County Historical Society!

Final concert of the Summer Music at the Museum Series

Valerie Gillespie Jazz Ensemble

The fourth and final concert of the series brings in Valerie Gillespie, who has played alto saxophone professionally since age 14. Over the years she has added to her repertoire, and now plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as flute, piccolo, and clarinet. Gillespie has played with national icons Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Joan Rivers, and Ray Charles.

All of these shows are sure to sell out, as have previous summer shows, so call (352) 341-6428 to reserve a seat at $25 per person, which includes light appetizers and a cash beverage station. All proceeds benefit the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.’s exhibits, programs, and preservation activities.

  First Coffee and Conversation begins with author Bill Belleville Program 

Join us Saturday, 9/23, for a Save Our Waters Week event at the Old Courthouse! Author Bill Belleville's presentation, "Getting to Know Florida's Engaging 'Water World' from the Inside Out,' will help us to understand how writers and artists have been inspired over the years by Florida's water-driven natural landscapes.

This event was originally to take place at the Masonic Building, but will be in the upstairs courtroom at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. It is free to attend, but please call (352) 341-6428 to register. This program is sponsored in part by the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council.

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 - NEWS FLASH! - September Walking Tour is Sold Out!

Wednesday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m. will be the next Guided Walking Tour of Downtown Inverness!!!  Get your reservations quickly they are sure to  SELL OUT!  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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