There’s a rich seam of history running through Crystal River and the wider Citrus County, with a number of informative local museums that trace this story through time.
Floral City Heritage Hall Museum
Floral City in Citrus County is home to a museum that traces the evolution of the area from its days as a boom town during the Florida phosphate mining period in the 1890s through to the present day.
Old Courthouse Heritage Museum
The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum has a range of permanent exhibits devoted to Citrus County that chart its pre-history through to the present day. Particular interest is taken in the summer of 1961, when Elvis Presley came to town to film the movie ‘Follow That Dream’.
The Coastal Heritage Museum
Located in the old City Hall building, this museum features a diverse collection of artefacts and exhibits from the early history of Citrus County. It also has plenty of old photographs and even furniture that harkens back to the days of old.
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
This 61-acre Native American ceremonial site was abandoned before Europeans arrived in America, which gives you some idea of just how old the six-mound complex must be. For 1,600 years this site served as a ceremonial center for Native Americans, with the Temple Mound still the highest point in Crystal River.
Fort Cooper State Park
In 1835, Native Americans fled towards Florida to escape the relocation being forced upon them by the US government, which wanted to expel them beyond the Mississippi River. The US Army established a temporary outpost here in 1836, but that came under repeat attacks from the natives. The beleaguered outpost was finally reinforced by the main US army before it could be overrun.
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins
The Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins are the remnants of a 5,000-acre sugar plantation which was hacked out along the Homosassa River in 1851 by approximately 1,000 slaves. This plantation, with the mill as its centrepiece, was a valuable sugar source during the American Civil War.