Brooksville is an incorporated city in Hernando County, Florida, in the United States. According to the U.S. Census Bureau the population was 7,264.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,489, and the median income for a family was $31,060. Males had a median income of $29,837 versus $21,804 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,265. About 16.8% of families and 21.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.9% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
The city has historic homes along cobble stone covered streets.
There is also a Native American Outpost in a log cabin A new event the first annual GET HEALTHY Brooksville Cycling Classic was an overwhelming success attracting cyclist from all over the State was supported by the City of Brooksville, Brooksville Natural Foods and Topview Sports.Scheduled for the third weekend of October it promises to be the premier event of the season. The Brooksville Business Alliance has sponsored the annual Brooksville Founders Week Celebration since 2006. There is a monthly live music performance, antique car show, and other events.
In 1856 the county seat of Hernando County became the newly-named town of Brooksville. The name was chosen to honor Preston Brooks, a South Carolina congressman, who had recently beaten fellow congressman Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, who in a speech in Congress denounced slavery and criticized a relative of Rep. Brooks. However, the Pierceville post office was not renamed Brooksville until 1871.
A minor controversy arose in the summer of 2010 when local media and activists brought attention to the origin of the town's name, calling it "shameful." The suggestion was made that the town should change its name in order to distance itself from the pro-slavery history. This idea was overwhelmingly opposed by locals and not entertained by the city council. However the city's official website did remove a page which discussed the Brooks/Sumner encounter and cast Brooks in a positive light.
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