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The Old Citrus County, Florida, Courthouse – Pic of the Week

Courthouses have historically played a central role in their communities, serving as the place where many of life’s most significant events would take place. The courthouse was not only a forum to conduct civil and criminal trials, but also a place to obtain a marriage license, register a birth, and probate a will. We have previously featured photos of the Old Salem County Courthouse in New Jersey and the Jefferson County, West Virginia, Courthouse where the abolitionist John Brown was tried for his attack on the arsenal in Harpers Ferry as part of an effort to end slavery.

The historic Citrus County, Florida Courthouse.

The historic Citrus County, Florida, Courthouse. Photo by Robert Brammer.

Our picture of the week is the historic courthouse in Citrus County, Florida, which features an impressive cupola. Situated in the downtown district of the county seat of Inverness, this courthouse was built in 1912, replacing a wooden, Victorian structure that formerly occupied the site. The county outgrew this courthouse in the 1970s, and a more modern, larger structure was constructed across the street. This historic courthouse seemed a likely candidate for demolition by the 1990s, but fortunately members of the local historical society stepped in. The courthouse was restored and repurposed as the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, a museum where patrons can explore books, photos, oral histories, and artifacts related to the history of Citrus County.

The cupola on the historic Citrus County, Florida Courthouse.

The cupola on the historic Citrus County, Florida, Courthouse.

Do you have a favorite historic courthouse? Let us know in the comments.

The Home of George Watterston, the Third Librarian of Congress – Pic of the Week

I have walked by this building many times, but did not realize until recently that it has a special connection to the Library of Congress. This was the home of the third Librarian of Congress, George Watterston. Watterston presided over the Library during a significant period in its history. Appointed by President Madison in 1815 […]

Memorial Hall – Pic of the Week

This pic of the week features the Madison Building, which is part of the of the Washington, D.C., campus of the Library of Congress. The Jefferson Building is known for its palatial design, but the Madison Building has its charms, too. You can learn more about each of these buildings by taking an online tour. […]

The Lincoln Memorial – Pic of the Week

William Howard Taft was a man who held many titles in his life: president of the United States, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and most significantly for this post, chairman of the Lincoln Memorial Commission. He held this post during his tenure as president, and oversaw the planning and selection […]