Homosassa is located in Citrus County on the West Coast of Florida.
I don’t have fond memories of this place. When I was a young bride (first husband), I was dumped off at my in-law’s in Homosassa while my husband went on to the Presidio of Monterey, in Monterey California, and got settled in.
My in-laws owned a nursery in Homosassa and took advantage of the free labor, that being Me!
I potted so many plants from sun up to sun down than I care to remember. I was never so happy when my husband sent for me. I never went back to Homosassa again!
Homosassa, I can tell you I have misspelled that name so often that the Post office got tired of correcting the spelling and just sent it on. And what an address for someone to have: Chassahowitzka Rd., Homosassa, Florida.
Homosassa, it supposedly means place where peppers grow. I can tell you a lot of other crap grows there, because I planted it!
Geez…who thinks up these names anyway!
Homosassa - How things got started there.
Because of the Armed Occupation Act of 1842, any man over the age of 18 who was able to bear arms would be given 160 acres, if he were to prove up the land by building a house and cultivating 5 acres while living there for 5 years.
William Cooley did just that. He was a merchant, a shipper and later became the Justice of Peace in Homosassa.
In 1846 Cooley sold his land to David Levy Yulee.
David Levy Yulee established a 5,000 acre sugar cane plantation on the Homosassa River, working his plantation with the labor of 1,000 slaves. He grew cotton and citrus in addition to the sugar cane.
His home and plantation was burned to the ground during the Civil War and these are the remains of his plantation and sugar mill. You can see them at the Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park located in Homosassa.
Later, a man named John Dunn bought Yulee’s land and built an Inn.
This is the remains of Dunn’s Homosassa Inn and it is now a private residence.
There are just not a lot of things to do in Homosassa. Oh you can fish, and kayak or venture out to other places around Homosassa, like the Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park or Ozello for instance.Ozello is located between Homosassa and Crystal River. I wouldn’t want to live there during Hurricane season!
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