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Construction starts on Brooksville schoolhouse museum


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BROOKSVILLE - More than 50 people attended a ground-breaking ceremony for a one-room schoolhouse at 70 Russell St. in Brooksville on Saturday.

The schoolhouse, a replica of a 1852 design, is a project 14 years in the making, said retired teacher and project manager Gretchen Countryman.

Countryman said though many early Hernando County settlers learned in one-room schoolhouses, and the practice continued through the mid-20th century, none exist today.

"This is a part of history the (Hernando Historical Museum Association) is trying to bring back to life," said Councilman Joe Johnston, speaking on behalf of the city.

The construction is expected to take three months to complete. Once the schoolhouse is up, Countryman hopes to develop programs for local schoolchildren to help them experience what life was like in the 19th century.

Countryman said children love listening and talking in mid-1800s language, and often think the mandatory manners - including bowing and curtseying - are "cool."

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