Brooksville is an incorporated city in and the county seat of Hernando County, Florida, United States. It is a suburban city included in the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Brooksville was named in 1856 for Preston Brooks, a congressman from South Carolina known for his vicious beating of abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner. Brooksville is home to historic buildings and residences including the home of former Florida Governor William Sherman Jennings and football player Jerome Brown.
According to the United States Census Bureau, Brooksville has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km2), of which 4.9 square miles (12.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km2) (0.60%) is water.
The geographic center of Florida is located twelve miles northeast of Brooksville.
Brooksville was once a major citrus production area and was known as the "Home of the Tangerine".
As of Census 2010, there were 7,719 people, 3,504 households, and 1,927 families residing...