She knows local history, and is preserving it

If you want to learn a thing or two about local history — particularly as it pertains to Wesley Chapel, Dade City and Zephyrhills — a telephone call to Madonna Jervis Wise will put you on the right track. Wise has written books about all three communities. “I’ve always been interested in history,” she said. “We’re sitting in my dining room, and these are some of my family heirlooms that … [Read more...]

Telling Wesley Chapel’s story

Writing about local history is nothing new for Madonna Jervis Wise. The Zephyrhills woman traced the history of Zephyrhills, and also of Dade City, for books published by Arcadia Publishing, of Charleston, South Carolina. Now, she has written another book for the publisher’s Images of America series. This one focuses on Wesley Chapel. When the publisher asked her to do the Wesley … [Read more...]

Author unearths details of Wesley Chapel’s past

Today’s community of Wesley Chapel is a bustling place with The Shops at Wiregrass, Pasco-Hernando State College’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, to name just a few community landmarks. Motorists stream down State Road 54 and State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and there are new subdivisions, restaurants and businesses popping up. But not much … [Read more...]

Barnes & Noble showcases local authors

If you enjoy stories about second chances, about family life or about history, a selection of books by local authors at an upcoming authors’ event may be right up your alley. Barnes & Noble at The Shops at Wiregrass is hosting its annual Local Author Signing on May 30 at 2 p.m., at the bookstore, at 28152 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel. Book lovers will have a chance to meet the authors, … [Read more...]

Book captures Dade City’s history through photographs

When visitors drop by downtown Dade City, its stately historic courthouse, unique shops and good restaurants likely will impress them. But there’s so much more to Dade City’s story, and Madonna Jervis Wise has captured that through 200 photographs of the people and places in this city that initially was known as Fort Dade. Wise began working on the volume about a year ago. She’d done … [Read more...]

Pasco historian publishing new book on Dade City

The Historic Pasco County Courthouse will be the backdrop for a book-signing event featuring local writer Madonna Jervis Wise on Oct. 4. Wise has released her latest book, “Images of America: Dade City,” which will be released by Arcadia Publishing in September. The book features more than 200 photos and images throughout the 150-year history of Dade City. Several people and historians who … [Read more...]