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Hernando County

Year Founded: 1856Previously known as: Pierceville


Established in 1856, history has it that Brooksville (formerly known as Pierceville) derived its name from U.S. Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina. During a session of Congress in 1856, Brooks took exception to some remarks made by a Massachusetts senator reflecting on the South and, without warning, began to hit the senator upon the head and shoulders with his walking cane, so heavy were the blows that the cane splintered in several pieces. Hernando County ‘s citizens, many of who were from South Carolina, admired Brooks and named their new county seat Brooksville in honor of their southern hero. Brooksville is the county seat.

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