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Wednesday, Apr 01, 2015

Groundbreaking set for Brooksville museum 14 years in the making


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BROOKSVILLE - A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Saturday to initiate the construction of a historic 1892 replica of a one-room school house.

The project has been 14 years in the making, said retired teacher and project manager Gretchen Countryman, who recently secured a local contractor for the job.

While fundraising efforts continue for the soon-to-begin construction, Countryman actually exceeded her bid goal, the difference of which she said will be used for utility and security expenses.

The school house, once completed, will serve as a replica that students can visit to better understand what the first schools in the county were like.

"This is a very big day for us," Countryman said. "We've been waiting for this for 14 years."

The one-room school house, and the upcoming groundbreaking ceremony, will be located next to the train station at 70 Russell St. in Brooksville.

The groundbreaking Saturday will begin at 2 p.m., Countryman said, and will include refreshments, and city and museum staff in attendance.

"We should have a really good group," Countryman said. "We're trying to make (the school house) look as realistic as we can, while still making sure it's up to code, so it's a real fine line we're walking."

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