Written by Inverness resident Lyn Floyd:
Its slogan is "Small Town Done Right". Inverness is a small town an hour and a half West of Orlando, North of Tampa and South of Gainesville. We have a newly renovated theater...The Valerie. Mrs. Pearl G. Maddox built the theatre in 1926-27 during the silent movie era, naming it The Valerie after her daughter. The first movie shown was "The Only Woman" in 1927, the last was "The Untouchables" in 1987. Herbert Pittman of Clearwater leased the theatre when "talking equipment" was installed. Prices were 10 cents for children and 25 cents for adults. At a time when other towns prohibited Sunday shows, City Council boldly adopted a resolution to permit Sunday movies, boosting trade in the City and making the Theatre a social focal point for many years. The theatre was gutted by fire in 1939 and rebuilt. In 1962, daily clips from the movie "Follow That Dream" were viewed with Elvis in attendance. The building remained vacant from 1987 until the City purchased it in 2009. With community involvement and detailed planning, a grand reopening was held for The Valerie Theatre Cultural Center in June 2015.
We are the County Seat of Citrus County and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Old Courthouse was built in 1912 at a cost of $55,885. It served as the Citrus County Courthouse until 1978, when a more modern facility was built about a block away. Today, the historic courthouse is the headquarters for the Citrus County Historical Society. It houses county archives and special collections, as well as the offices of Citrus County's Historical Resource Officer. It is also the site of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.
We have the Trailhead for the Withlacoochee State Trail, which is a 46-mile multi-use trail for walking, biking, and in-line skating. It's ranked within the top ten multi-use trails in the country.