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3 Ways to Explore Florida’s Adventure Coast’s Heritage

Fill your senses with the pageantry of cultural celebrations and historic sites. Florida’s Adventure Coast is home to festivals and attractions that showcase the charm of yesteryear. Soak in pleasant winter weather and experience our historic diversity. 

  1. Sunny sweater weather is perfect for strolling the annual Brooksville Native American Festival and Brooksville's Heritage Day Festival.

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Photo: Brooksville Native American Festival Dancers, by Larry Counts

Dance your moccasins off at the Brooksville Native American Festival. Combining traditional music, dance, and demonstrations from multiple native tribes adds up to a weekend full of history and entertainment. This is an outdoor event where the performers and artists are sure to warm your heart with their pride and talent.

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Photo: Brooksville Historical Re-enactors, courtesy of Visitors Bureau 

Tour historic homes at the Brooksville Heritage Day Festival.

History comes to life as re-enactors, demonstrators and local historians teach visitors about Brooksville’s past. This is one of the few times visitors can step inside some of the historic houses in the area; residents open them to the public for guided tours, showcasing renovations and sharing their home’s history.

  1. Camp Out. Jam Out.
    Bring your instrument to these music events on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Camp on-site where you can meet the musicians and enjoy a weekend (or a full week!) of live performances with musical heritage.

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Join the ‘FamJam’ at the Celtic Family Jamboree, a family friendly (and leashed pet friendly) event featuring continuous music on two stages, workshops, highland athletics and herding dog demonstrations. Camp at the event for a weekend of Celtic music and heritage. 

Keep your RV or tent parked and keep the music going with a week of national touring bluegrass and classic country acts at the Florida Bluegrass Classic. In addition to live performances, participate in workshops to warm-up your own musical skills. The festival features five days full of entertainment with stage shows, vendors, food, a classic car show and more. 

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Photo: 1885 Train Depot Museum

Explore More with Historic Tours

Florida’s Adventure Coast, Brooksville - Weeki Wachee is home to numerous historic homes and shops.  

Capture the knowledge of local historians and opt for a group tour of historic Brooksville’s historic downtown area or a local cemetery. Learn the tales and legacies of founding residents. Contact the Hernando Historical Preservation Society to arrange your tour.

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Photo: May-Stringer House by Tampa Bay Spirits

Get Chills (the Spooky Kind) at the haunted May-Stringer HouseThe May-Stringer House Museum is one of the most haunted spots in Florida. Schedule a ghost tour (appointment only; Friday and Saturday) and see if the rumors are true!  
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Photo: Chinsegut Hill Manor House Museum, courtesy of the Visitors Bureau

Savor a spectacular lunch and take a tour at Chinsegut Hill Manor Museum.

This antebellum manor located just north of downtown Brooksville offers lunches on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; the delicious meal includes your choice of two items, a beverage and dessert, as well as a tour of the historic Manor House Museum.

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Shop Like it’s 1928 at the Richloam General Store

This restored general store and post office served the town of Richloam until 1936. Visitors feel transported back in time as they browse vintage cookware, locally canned jams and preserves and old-fashioned sweets. Sit on the rocking chairs and relax. Chat with the owners and learn the history of this nostalgic gem.

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So, explore historic homes along cobblestone streets and envision Florida's Adventure Coast as it once was. Buy vintage goods. Celebrate ancient cultures with musical performances and authentic demonstrations. Take your pick. Take your time. And take a rest on a front porch rocking chair, just like in the old days.