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Heritage Day presents opportunity to step back in time

Hernando Today correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: February 18, 2014 at 11:47 AM

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If you've wondered how life would be without electricity, cell phones, and the internet, here's your chance to live it for a day.

Step back in time to the 1800s at the Hernando Historical Museum Association's Heritage Day festival on Saturday.

"Visitors will catch of glimpse of life in the 1800s in Hernando County," said event coordinator Linda Welker. "It will be an enjoyable day for people of any age."

About 30 vendors and demonstrators will educate festival attendees about how the early Hernando County pioneer residents lived.

"There will be demonstrations from crafts used in the 1800s, cane weaving, spinning, soap making and gardening, and some historical reenactors," said Welker.

The Heritage Day festival, located on the grounds of the May-Stringer Museum at 601 Museum Court in Brooksville, runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

The festival is free to attend.

In addition, historical home tours will offer more opportunities to learn about life in early Hernando County.

"The Preservation Society is offering a home tour, including two homes within the same block and a museum tour for $10," Welker said. "Visitors can tour the Dawson and Martin historical homes on E. Fort Dade Avenue as well as the May-Stringer Museum."

The May-Stringer Museum, with more than 11,000 artifacts on display, is housed within a 3-story, Victorian-style home, complete with gingerbread trim, that was built in the late 1800s.

Music and entertainment will be provided by local musicians all day at the festival, including banjo and fiddle playing, along with a silent auction.

Plenty of food, such as hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy and more, will be available for purchase.

For more information, contact (352) 799-0129 or visit

Hernando Today correspondent Heather Francis can be reached at

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