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Exhibit highlights county history

The new permanent display at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum features the wooden face of a clock tower.

By JORGE SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published May 24, 2002

INVERNESS -- A retrospective of Citrus County history is the newest permanent display at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum on the Courthouse Square.

"Making History: Highlighting the Past, Focusing on Our Future" is now open in the MacRae Gallery on the first floor of the Old Courthouse.

The centerpiece of the exhibit is a wooden face of the clock tower. It is thought to be one of the first faces of the clock tower, according to information accompanying the artifact. Visitors can also take a video tour of the clock tower to see how the gears drive the hands of time. Pictures of the recent renovation project accompany the exhibit.

Other historical items include displays of Citrus County during the Great Depression and the phosphate mining boom.

An exhibit of the Florida land sales explosion also has an interactive true/false quiz.

Other artifacts are soldiers' letters home from World War I, and items from the county's Citrus-growing era.

The historical exhibit is the second permanent display at the museum, joining the Brannen exhibit which focuses on Indian and early settlers in Citrus.

A traveling exhibit, "Visions of Florida", the pictures of landscape photographer Clyde Butcher, will continue through the summer in the Citrus Room.

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 341-6429.

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