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Its county seat is Brooksville, and the largest community is Spring Hill.
Founded February 24, 1843
Named for Hernando de Soto
Around 1840, Fort DeSoto was established in present-day Hernando County in the northeast edge of present-day Brooksville to protect settlers in the area from Native Americans. Fort DeSoto became a small community center, trading post, and way station on the route to Tampa. When settlement by the fort began around 1845, it was alternatively known as Pierceville.
Hernando County was officially established on February 27, 1843, two years prior to Florida's admission into the Union, encompassing a significantly larger area of west central Florida than it does today. It was created from portions of Alachua, Hillsborough and Orange Counties and included all of present-day Citrus and Pasco Counties.
The county seat was originally designated at Bayport in 1854, but was changed to the more central location of Melendez in 1855. In 1856, that town was renamed to Brooksville, in honor of South Carolina Representative Preston Brooks. [source: wikipedia]
Brooksville ~ Weeki Wachee
Aripeka ~ Bayport ~ Brookridge ~ Garden Grove ~ Hernando Beach ~ High Point ~ Hill 'n Dale ~ Istachatta ~
Lake Lindsey ~ Masaryktown ~ Nobleton ~ North Brooksville ~ North Weeki Wachee ~ Pine Island ~
Ridge Manor ~ South Brooksville ~ Spring Hill ~ Spring Lake ~ Timber Pines ~ Weeki Wachee Gardens ~ Wiscon