Florida: Citrus County

Citrus County (pop. 141,236) is on the Gulf of Mexico, west of Sumter County. It’s the only Citrus County in the U.S. Its population has grown from 19,196 in 1970.

The county was created in 1887, when the area was a center of citrus production. After the devastating Great Freeze of 1894-95, most of Florida’s orange and grapefruit groves were moved farther south.

Overnight temperatures dropped to 18 degrees in Orlando.

The county seat of Citrus County is the city of Inverness (pop. 7,210). The old Courthouse is now a museum.

Built in 1912

The Valerie Theatre in Inverness, built in 1925, has recently been renovated, after being closed since 1987.

The grand reopening was June 6.

The unincorporated communities of Homosassa and Homosassa Springs are west of Inverness. “Homosassa” was derived from a Seminole word meaning either “river of fishes” or “pepper ridge.”

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park is one of the best places in Florida to view manatees.

Bubbles the Manatee marks the entrance to the park.

Made of fiberglass

Baseball great Ted Williams (1918-2002) lived in Citrus County in his later years and died at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness.

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