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Inverness Walks! Downtown Walking Tours
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 historic buildings. Even locals will be amazed by what they learn! Group size is limited to 15 so please call ahead and register for a spot today!
All proceeds benefit the exhibition, programs, and operations of the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, $5/per adult, $2/per child. For more information and reservations, please call 352-341-6428.
Permanent Exhibits at the Museum
Changing People, Changing Springs - Chassahowitzka Discovered
Chassahowitzka Springs has been described as a time capsule of Florida history. Beginning with the Paleoindians, who arrived here some 10,000 years ago, to more recent tourists who arrived by steamship and train, people have left tantalizing clues about their sojourns at the Springs. Divers, with assistance from archeologists, have recovered everything from ancient wooden paddles, to Spanish pottery shards, to kerosene lamps and old Coke bottles. These artifacts and many more, will soon be on display at the Museum.
A Long Way Home
A second permanent gallery the Mary MacRae Gallery of History houses an exhibition titled, A Long Way Home, which interprets the history of Citrus County from about 1887, at the forming of the county until present. Displayed in this gallery are interpretative panels on the county’s many early industries. Discover the role that Citrus Countians have played in the many wars over the years that have affected Florida and our area. On display is one of the original clock faces from the clocktower, where women volunteered as spotters to look for enemy planes during WWII. These volunteers signed their names on the back of the clock face. Originally, this was part of the area that housed the Citrus County Property Appraiser and Tax Collector offices
New Traveling Exhibit at the Museum
Citrus County: Our Ways Our WatersJanuary 20, 2022 – March 29, 2022
With funding from the Florida Humanities and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is excited to unveil this exhibit created all about our county’s water. Learn not only about the environment of Citrus County but also our cultural history surrounding water, from the earliest inhabitants of our area, the Paleo-Indians, through the heyday of hunting and fishing lodges that exploded in the county around the turn of the century, to our current watery claim-to-fame as the only place in the world people can swim with the manatees!
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Lindsey Gilbert Hinnrichs
Office Hours: Tuesday - Saturday | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Museum Hours: Tuesday - Saturday | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.