Allow time from your busy day for a leisurely stroll through downtown and get an insider view of its eight hand-painted murals. Not only will you learn each mural’s story, you will also discover some interesting history of this great small city. Learn why it was named “Brooksville,” many historical highlights and even about a gangland style shooting at the former Tangerine Hotel. Walk along and hear the mystery surrounding a city clock modeled after London’s Big Ben that was lost and – years later – found.
“We have such a beautiful downtown area with hidden treasures that most people don’t know about,” said Jan Knowles, Local Historian and Mural Tour Guide. “People drive by on our highways with great speed, missing out on downtown Brooksville’s charm. A guided tour takes you on a different type of journey.”
Guided mural tours are offered the third Friday of every month from September through May. If at least five, but no more than 15, people are registered, the free tour starts promptly at 10:30. After its conclusion, it will be time for a nice noon lunch.
Easy for walking, the tour is on mostly level ground and accessible to all. The mural tour begins and ends on the steps of the 1913-era courthouse at 20 North Main Street.
Not only will your guide reveal the history of existing mural art, you will get the latest scoop on all of the new murals being commissioned for the downtown area.
Tour the murals anytime without a guide by snapping the QR code with your smart phone. The codes are located on signs adjacent to each of the eight murals. Go self-guided or choose the rich and engaging living history approach hosted by historical expert, Jan Knowles.
Before and after the tour visit wonderful restaurants and shops that you will see within the tour area, as well as the two-story “Uptown Art Gallery” at City Hall. There, enjoy more of the wide variety of local talent and public art available for viewing.
Guided mural tours are free of charge, but a small donation to the Hernando County Fine Arts Council to help maintain the murals is appreciated.
About the author:
Jan Knowles is a local historian, was President of the Hernando Historical Museum Assoc. for 18 years, President of Friends of Chinsegut Hill, Chairman of the Brooksville Raid Reenactment 18 years and Board Member since 2010 of the Historical Preservation Society. She is also Projects Coordinator and co-chair of “Art in the Park” for the Hernando Co. Fine Arts Council since 2012. Ms. Knowles is also very active as part of the Promotions Committee of the Brooksville Main Street Program.