The 160 acre site was deeded in 1843 to Richard Wiggins as part of the Armed Occupation Act. John May bought the property in 1855 and donated 15 acres to the county to be used as the county seat.
The 12 room, 4 story home was built in 1856 as a a two story, four room home, and was remodeled in the early 1900’s to its present Queen Ann, 7 gable style.
The May family lived in the home for several years, John May died in 1858 and his wife remarried several years later. She died in 1869 giving birth to Jessie May. Jessie died a few years later. It is said that some have heard the child crying for her mother. Both are buried on the grounds of the museum at an unmarked site.
Later acquired by Dr. Sheldon Stringer family sold it to the county to be used as a museum. The May Stringer House is on the National Registry of Historic Places.
The Museum is a non-profit organization and depends on donations and it’s wonderful volunteers to stay open and maintain it’s many (over 10,000) artifacts. It’s located at 601 Museum Ct., Brooksville, FL 34601
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