Festival on Saturday offers food and music at Chinsegut Hill

Chinsegut Hill House Manor in Brooksville
Chinsegut Hill House Manor in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE - Some call it a treasure, others a gem or a jewel. But all agree the 169-year-old Chinsegut Hill Manor and its grounds are rich in Hernando County history.

For those who haven't visited the historic landmark, a plantation house sitting on 114 lush acres north of Brooksville, this Saturday offers an opportunity when the Friends of Chinsegut Hill host a Music, Fine Antiques and Food Festival.

The event will feature about 20 antique and collectible vendors, as well as a handful of food vendors, such as Albanese Catering, Munchee's Coney Island and others.

The Mudds, a musical group from Inverness, will perform jazz and blues music throughout the afternoon.

"This is an opportunity for people to come up and just enjoy themselves, said Chinsegut executive director Melissa Kehler. "They can enjoy the music and food, wander around, and tour the house and cabins."

Chinsegut Hill Retreat is run by the nonprofit Friends of Chinsegut Hill. The manor home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, sits atop one of the highest peaks in Florida, nestled among majestic oaks and magnolia trees. It is available for events and retreats, and offers a weekly Luncheon on the Hill and tours (which helps pay for the care and preservation of the home).

"The grounds are just beautiful," Kehler said. "And the home is beautiful, just amazing. The rich history here is definitely something people need to experience."


If You Go:

What: Music, Fine Antiques and Food Festival

When: Saturday, Oct. 6; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Where: Chinsegut Hill Manor, 22495 Chinsegut Hill Road, north of Brooksville

Cost: Admission is free, parking is $5

Contact: Call (352) 799-5400 or visit chinseguthillretreat.com

Contact Phyllis Day at pday@tampabay.com or (352) 848-1438.

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