The City of Brooksville, as it is known it today, was settled by four pioneer families: the Howell family which settled the northern part of town; the Jon L. Mays family which settled the eastern part of town; the Hale family on the west; and the Parsons family on the south.
The country life is alive and well in Brooksville, Florida. The small town, located about 50 miles north of Tampa, is nestled amid gently rolling hills and wide-open spaces with the Withlacoochee State Forest as its back yard.
Brooksville was actually founded over 150 years ago. Brick streets, murals, and a smattering of antique shops and boutiques put the charm in its charming downtown.
Just down the road youll find Weeki Wachee Springs. The older attraction still has the most unusual show in Florida mermaids that perform underwater in the crystal clear springs. The adjacent water park, Buccaneer Bay, is small by Florida standards, but popular with locals.
North of Weeki Wachee and northwest of Brooksville is Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park where you can see the real Florida showcasing nature. Area activities include sightseeing tours, boat rentals, fishing and snorkeling.
Brooksville is an exceptional place full of character and wonderful views. Its a living memory of Mayberry a jewel on a hill away from the bigger built up modern commercialism of cookie-cutter Super stores, chain stores and strip malls. Its as genuine and as old as our oldest memories of good times the way they used to be and as relaxing and friendly as you could ever imagine.