Trilby Ride Report

A few photos from this morning’s ride. I hit Ridge Manor, Trilby, Blanton, and Spring Lake. I love riding after work to decompress a little. The second photo is of a chimney and foundation at the end of Lockhart Road. The ancient oak tree stands sentinel in the front yard of that home.


The geological formation known as Brooksville Ridge runs through this area creating all the hills and valleys.  Riding through here it is easy to see why early Florida settlers liked the area. Today it is a lot of farm land, orange groves, cattle pastures, and small communities spread throughout.

Off of Trilby Road I saw a sign for Trilby Cemetery Lane. Had to check that out. Apparently many of the markers were wood and have since rotted away. These are photos of only a few of the markers there. The one that has “Enpant son of” is of a child who was born and died on the same day. The “Butts” memorial is of two siblings born two years apart and who died in infancy. Next up is a World War II hero, Eddie Szaro.

Trilby itself has a very interesting history. Go to to read up more on it. The railroads and their routes made and broke communities.


Infant siblings, died two years apart.


Died the same day as he was born. Possibly stillborn?


He was a WWII hero then an elementary school teacher and served with the Lacoochee volunteer fire department.


Many of the early markers were wooden and have rotted away.


“Ola, wife of J.G. Calhoun” is buried here. She died at age 24.


The views from the tops of the hills are magnificent. Frazee Hill is 250 feet of elevation. Not only is it relaxing to take in the sights, it is exhilarating to run up and down the hills and sweeping curves of the valleys.


Water tower atop Frazee Hill just outside of Dade City


View from atop Frazee Hill looking towards Dade City. Elevation 250′


Another view looking Northeast atop Frazee Hill


In Blanton I found an old red painted home with white trim that is abandoned. Out back is a cistern. I wasn’t paying too much attention to the material that was covering the cistern. I absent mindedly tried to move them as I was looking through the camera to take a picture inside. I took note when they didn’t budge. The covering is two, half inch thick plates of cast iron. The best I could do to see inside was to stick the lens through a small opening on the side.


Note the cistern to the rear of the home.


Many cisterns had frogs placed in them. As long as the frogs were alive and healthy the water was considered safe to drink. If the frogs died then the water was unsafe to drink. This one only had a spider with an intricate web spun across the opening about half way down.


A view inside the cistern

The little home made water tower sits in the middle of a still active orange grove. Across the street is an abandoned citrus grove. It is now private property with pine trees planted and an upscale home hidden behind.


An elevated water tank in the middle of an orange grove. Just a bit of useless trivia… Water pressure is 0.55 psi per foot of elevation. This one is probably 25 feet off the ground generating approximately 14 psi of water pressure. Your house tap is anywhere from 40 to 60 psi.

I don’t know the history of the Spring Lake Library and Community Center. Perhaps someone could fill me in on that? The Little Rock Cannery in north Hernando just off of 98 is made of the same design and material and is about the same size.


Spring Lake Highway Library and Community Center

The next three photos are of a road that parallels S.R. 50 (Cortez Blvd) in the woods just out of sight. I have found several lost roads recently that parallel our modern highways. I spotted this little bridge from 50. It wasn’t too hard to find an entrance to gain access to it. It appears to be the remains of a one lane road. It was crude asphalt at one time. Visible in the third photo of the bridge is the top side where the asphalt stops abruptly. It picks up again behind where I was standing to take the photo for a short distance before the trail continues on. I followed it back as far as I could before I came up to a house built over the route.  The road is still visible as a two track between the trees and dense underbrush.


A long forgotten road slowly being reclaimed by nature. One lane wide and paved with a crude asphalt.


An active creek runs under the hidden road. This is just barely visible from S.R. 50.


Looking East, the asphalt ends abruptly before the road crosses the bridge. It resumes on the other side a short distance. My guess is that flooding of the creek came over the bridge lifting the asphalt and eroding the top away.

The last photos are of an old garage. It is behind the new Dollar General in Brooksville. I remember when there was a house attached to this garage. I had assumed it was all demolished when the house and old bar on the property were demolished at Howell Avenue and Yontz Road. The new construction has exposed it again. Currently it is a homeless camp.


A wooden garage. The home and a bar that sat on the property were razed years ago. Construction of the new Dollar General exposed this to view again. It now serves as shelter for a homeless camp.


Until next time, keep the rubber side down. It works better that way!

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One Response to Trilby Ride Report

  1. Joyce says:

    This post makes me think of some places in Ecclesiastes: “One generation passes away, and another generation comes; but the earth abides forever . . . ” 1.4 “…there is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.” 1.11

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