Dade City Garden Club is a community mainstay

The Dade City Garden Club took root in the home of Thelma Gilbert, on May 9, 1947 — and the organization has been part of the civic and social glue of the city ever since, based on scrapbooks compiled by club members through the decades. Club member Madonna Wise, who happens to be a local historian, gained an appreciation for the role the club has played in community life, as she paged … [Read more...]

New chapter begins in The Edwinola’s storied history

Most people who know anything about Dade City have heard a thing or two about The Edwinola. After all, the building has been around for more than a century, and has had its glory days and dark chapters during its history. The Edwinola opened originally in 1912 to replace the Dade City Hotel, which had burned in 1907. The hotel was built by Edwin and Lola Gasque, who came up with the … [Read more...]

Cutting a path toward development

At 128 feet tall and 26 feet around, a bald cypress tree in Pasco County is the eighth tallest of its kind in Florida. And, it will always be protected in the Upper Pithlachascotee River Preserve, 1 mile east of the Suncoast Parkway. The land was purchased from the proceeds of the Penny for Pasco 1-cent sales tax approved by Pasco County voters. That is good news for future … [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...]

Did President Calvin Coolidge have lunch in Dade City?

That’s a local legend, but the facts dispute that claim Not a single historic marker — among more than 50 posted across Pasco County — refers to it, but there’s a longstanding legend that President Calvin Coolidge had lunch at the Gray Moss Inn in Dade City, during his visit to Florida to dedicate Bok Tower Gardens in Polk County. Numerous sources document Dade City’s 126-year … [Read more...]

Historian sheds light on German POWs in Dade City

The recent death of Eva Martha (Goddard) Knapp has sparked memories of the work she did to trace the history of German prisoners of war who lived and worked in the Dade City area during World War II. Knapp, who died on June 20, 2015 in St. Petersburg, was a noted historian in the Pasco County Historical Society. She was particularly known for the research she did about the German POW … [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...]