Way back in the day, I was a Resident Assistant (RA) in the dorms at the University of South Florida. Each school year before students would move into the dorms, the RA's would journey up to Chinsegut Hill in Brooksville for our yearly retreat. We would stay in the cabins, eat our meals at the 'Big" house and basically bond with exercises on getting along with diverse personalities.
First settled in the 1840s, Chinsegut Hill is located east of Brooksville and has property consisting of 115 acres of an ecological preserve, a manor house, and several cabins. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places the manor house rests proudly upon a 269-foot hill, one of the highest points in Florida. The home recently reopened in a partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center, through the years it has been handled by many different agencies including the University of Florida and the University of South Florida.
I have wanted to revisit Chinsegut for a long time, the last time I was there was in 1979. A lot has changed between then and now, but happily a lot has remained the same. If you have an opportunity, plan a day trip to Brooksville, you will not be disappointed.
Be sure to take the manor house tour, we were lucky to have Ross Lamoreaux, Facilities Technician & Historical Interpreter as our tour guide. Ross was excellent, providing great insight into the history and the surrounding area. He also showed us a trail to hike after the tour!
Enjoy a few photos from our day trip to Chinsegut Hill - Rebecca