NAME: Croom
COUNTY: Hernando
COMMENTS: Croom is now a wildlife management area. Take I-75 to the Brooksville exit SR 50 and turn east to Croom/Rital Road. Turn left. Take it to the old railroad crossing. Notice the concrete pillars and watertank foundation just past the I-75 overpass. Thomas House is on the right.
REMAINS: 1900 Thomas House, old foundations, brick vat, remains of Iron Bridge, family cemetaries.
In the late 1890's Croom was a vital little agricultural town that sported a turpentine still, sawmill, sugar mill, RR switch out and a RR Bridge. The people of Brooksville would ride the train out to the town and swim in the river under the Old Iron RR Bridge. Just to the right of the bridge sight is the area where a ferry used to run. Up the hill from the ferry site is said to be the site of the ferry caretakers home. The home is gone but the pumphouse is reportedly still there. There are many artifacts out in the woods of the Croom management area including deserted family cemetaries. The area is known for hiking and bike trails. Exploring is a must. Be careful during hunting season. This is prime wild turkey hunting land. The RR bridege and the ferry site can be accessed from the other side of the river at a management area called Hog Island. Submitted by: Mike Woodfin

Unknown RR foundation
Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Remains of the Iron Rairoad Bridge
Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Old Thomas House 1900
Courtesy Mike Woodfin

Brick Sugar Syrup Vat
Courtesy Mike Woodfin