May/Stringer House

Queen Anne. Four stories. Originally a two-story, four room frame house, circa 1903, the house was transformed into a four-story, twelve room, Queen Anne building, with a three bay façade and a two story wrap around porch. The house is an excellent example of a turn of the century transformation of a simple antebellum house to an elaborate Queen Anne house, and is one of the best examples of Queen Anne style in Hernando County. Public-local. NR 1997.


Marena May died giving birth to Jessie May in the house in 1869. Jessie May died of unknown causes in the same house approximately 3 1/2 years later. Numerous people over the years have heard her crying for her mother. Both Jessie and her mother are buried on the grounds of the museum, however there are no markers to indicate where.


More haunted history of this house.


Frank Elmore Saxon was born in 1841 in Alabama, Georgia. His family moved to Florida prior to the Civil War, initially settling in Tallahassee. During the war, Saxon was a member of the Hernando Wild Cats, (part of the Florida Third Regiment) and was wounded near Jacksonville in 1862. After the war, Saxon served as county tax assessor from 1874 through 1876, as Brooksville’s postmaster and chief of police from 1880 to 1883, clerk of the court from 1887 to 1888 and again from 1893 to 1909. He also served as a State Representative from 1887 to 1889. He donated land for a three-room school house large enough to hold all the students in Hernando County, grades one through 12. Frank E. Saxon died in 1922 and is buried in the Brooksville Cemetery. His Great Floridian plaque is located at the Heritage House Museum, which was originally the May-Stringer House, the Saxon’s home, at 601 Museum Court, Brooksville.


  • Jaeme 8y

    Thanks, Doll! I'm learning a lot about places I never knew existed.
  • Michael Scranton 8y

    This is cool . It sucks that it was closed . What really sux is that i am off sun and mon and they are closed those two days.
  • Black.Doll 8y

    TFDOTR - no problem! Think it's a great idea for a group. Too bad I have no "anomolies" caught on tape.

    mscrant - well I'm off Saturday and Sunday. Anyway, sometimes if you call and say you are from "out of town" they may open it up for you. At least that's happened for me before at other places.
  • Corey Balazowich 8y

    What a neat house and I love the spooky story that goes along with it! I need to find out if there are any old homes like this near me... Hmm!
  • Black.Doll 8y

    I'm sure you can find some old homes! Hey if I can find them, you can!
  • Josh 7y

    I really like this one. This house has every thing. Beautiful architecture, great history, and last but not least it's haunted!
  • Black.Doll 7y

    Thanks art deco gecko!
  • t_rose15 6y

    i did a haunted house there and i have experianced jessie may messing with us it was very cool but kinda scare\y all at the same time
  • tpaclairebear 5y

    This house is definitely haunted and the May/Stringer Heritage Museum is now featured as a chapter in a book just released called Haunted Florida, by the author: Dave Lapham.
    The museum holds a haunted house event every year around Halloween, and this year (Halloween 2010) it will be held Fri & Sat night Oct 29th & 30th.
    This is a major fundraiser to keep the museum open and Dave will be there to sell, autograph, and donate a portion of his sales to the museum. Come and join us !
  • Black.Doll 5y

    Thanks for the comments. I love Brooksville.
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