Hernando County is located in Central West Florida north of Tampa Bay bordering the Gulf of Mexico and Citrus, Sumter and Pasco Counties.
Hernando County was named for the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, Hernando County was established in 1843 from pieces of Hillsborough, Mosquito, and Alachua counties. The name was changed to Benton in honor of Thomas Hart Benton in 1844, but was restored to Hernando in 1850.
Region: Central West Florida Region
County Seat: Brooksville