Inverness, located on the West coast of Florida, was originally named Tompkinsville. A man known as uncle Alf, (I kid you not) A.D. Tompkins, started the settlement, a Post Office and a Saw Mill there. He gave his brother-in-law some land and the brother-in-law opened up a store. His brother-in-law then helped to lay out the town and named it Tompkinsville after uncle Alf. Several years later the town was sold to a firm in Jacksonville and they changed the name to Inverness.
Ever hear of a movie titled Follow that Dream starring Elvis Presley?
In 1961 the 1912 Citrus County Courthouse in Inverness was used to film the courthouse scene in the movie. Yee haw!
The last weekend of October, Inverness holds the Great American Cooter Festival.
Cooter is a turtle. It received its name from African slaves, who called it a kuta.
*Confession: I’ve eaten turtle before.…as a child. Can’t say I’d eat it now though. Bluuueeecckkkk!
But, I don’t think this festival is about eating the Cooter. Here is a link that will tell you about the Great American Cooter Festival if you are interested. http://www.cooterfestival.com/
Inverness has a nice family park called Whispering Pines Park. You can swim in a Junior Olympic sized pool Monday through Sunday for $3.00. Seniors can swim for $2.00. Here’s the link if you are interested: http://www.inverness-fl.gov/index.aspx?nid=165 you’ll find out all kinds of information about launching your boat, camping, canoe or kayaking, golfing, and biking too.
Inverness has a lovely Bed and Breakfast called the Magnolia Glenn: http://www.magnoliaglen.com/
Inverness has antique shops and auctions on Florida Avenue and Pine Avenue. So get out your walking shoes and make a day of it in Inverness, then hop over to the Whispering Pines Park and take a cool dip in the pool.
....and guess what?
Rutabaga's Deli on S. Croft Avenue is dog friendly and there's also a dog park located at East Turner Camp Road!
Maybe we’ll see each other there!
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