The house at 701 Museum Ct was originally built during the late 1890’s by Francis Ederington Jr, son of Colonel Francis H. Ederington and Precious Ann Nevitt Ederington. Frank Jr. was born in 1863 and according to census records lived here until 1940. He was a citrus grower and farmer. Frank Jr. married a woman named Carrie in 1904, but they had no children. From 1940 until 2004 the house passed through a number of families. The front porch was enclosed with an upstairs sitting porch added above and the tin roof was finally replaced in 2001. The last owners were David Mango and Renee’ Contessa who purchased the house in 2004. David is a noted local architect and Renee is an artist making paper sculptures using the ancient art of Quilling. The Mango’s made numerous improvements adding a double veranda on the west side of the house, building two new (old) bathrooms upstairs and adding a downstairs laundry room and half bath.
The current owners Mike Dolan and Tina Jarvis purchased the home in 2016. Mike and Tina retired in 2002 after long careers in the finance world. Over the next ten years we traveled to most of our National Parks and even spent a summer as camp hosts at a state park. During that time we were fortunate to be able to travel outside the country visiting France, China, Europe, Scotland, Ireland, Mexico and Canada. In 2011 we got a call from a realtor, it was time to buy property in Florida. We sold the motorhome, leased out the Whidbey Island (Washington State) home and bought a condo in Naples where we spent five years enjoying the sun and beaches. Early in 2016 we got the itch to do something different, so we discussed moving to a small town where we could be part of something bigger than ourselves. We spent many weekends traveling to small communities in Florida and settled on Brooksville because of its similarities to the Pacific Northwest with its rural feel. We were lucky to find a charming old historic home near the center of town which we decided to convert to a B&B. It took about six months of work to add a new master bedroom and bathroom, refinish the upstairs floors, paint upstairs and remodel the kitchen but it all paid off and we had our grand opening on January 1, 2017. The Dolan (Ederington) House is celebrating its second century of life in downtown Brooksville.