The CHASSAHOWITZKA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION YOUTH GROUP PLANS A TRIP TO THE OLD COURTHOUSE HERITAGE MUSEUM in Inverness to view “Changing People, Changing Springs – Chassahowitzka Discovered” exhibit (and other exhibits), and to receive a “behind the scenes” tour of the museum from Kathleen Turner Thompson, Historical Resources Officer. ADULTS ARE ALSO WELCOME. The date is Thursday, August 6th and the time is 10:30am
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450 The museum is free. The museum website is www.cccourthouse.org
The group also plans to tour/explore downtown Inverness!!
Those interested in attending are asked to meet at Chassahowitzka Community Center 10030 S. Riviera Dr. at 10:00 if they want to carpool. The organization asks that everyone register
To register, volunteer or get further information contact:
Tonya Chaztre10300@outlook.com cell 423-948-5689
Joe JOEMARTESKI@LIVE.COM cell 727-580-0891
Picture: Citrus County Historical Society website
The Chassahowitzka exhibit is in the Brannen Family Gallery of Pre-History. The exhibit name is “Changing People, Changing Springs – Chassahowitzka Discovered”
Chassahowiztka Springs has been described as a time capsule of Florida history. Beginning with the Paleo Indians, who arrived here some 10,000 years ago, to more recent tourists who arrived by steamship and train, people have left tantalizing clues about their sojourns at the Springs. Divers, with assistance from archeologists, have recovered everything from ancient wooden paddles, to Spanish pottery shards, to kerosene lamps and old Coke bottles. These artifacts and many more, will soon be on display at the Museum.
The springs, with their fresh water and abundant fish and game, have always been natural gathering places for people. The hundreds of artifacts recovered from their depths make up one of the largest collections to be displayed in Citrus County. Some of the really significant finds are a 10,000 year old Suwannee projectile point from the Paleoindian period, two wood paddles/oars (about 2,500 years old), a wood cypress fin effigy, an intact Pasco Plain bowl (AD 100–1500), a Spanish majolica plate (1600s), and Chattachoochee brushed pottery pieces (1700s).
Some of the artifacts from more recent times include soda and pharmacy bottles that are 150 years old! Amazingly, divers even brought up a very rare Ford battery sign from the 1930s. CNN reporter Tom Watkins described it this way: “The Springs cleanup yielded a cornucopia of history.” The exhibit includes artifacts (rare and one of a kind), maps, photos, interpretive panels, and interactive areas, including a net-making table for children and a “Test Yourself” quiz game for all ages.
The 1912 Citrus County Courthouse and Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Courthouse was built in 1912 at a cost of $55,885. It served as the Citrus County Courthouse until 1978, when a more modern facility was built about a block away. Today, the historic courthouse is the headquarters for the Citrus County Historical Society. It houses county archives and special collections, as well as the offices of Citrus County’s Historical Resource Officer. It is also the site of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.
Museum Hours are Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome.
The Chassahowitzka Community Association works toward the betterment of the Chassahowitzka community and it residents. Youth facilities and programs, adult fitness and facilities, community social events, Chassahowitzka history preservation and promotion, and support of local recreational and environmental issues are some of the priorities.
To contact and/or get on the email mailing list of the Chassahowitzka Community Association, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the Association:
FACEBOOK Chassahowitzka Community Hall