About This Place
Inverness is a city in Citrus County, Florida, United States. As of 2010, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 7,210. It is the county seat of Citrus County.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21.0 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 0.8 square miles (2.1 km²) of it (10.12%) is water. Within the 7 plus miles of land are 330 acres which are reserved for passive and active park usage.
The city of Inverness, Florida was originally named Tompkinsville. Settlement of the area dates back to 1868. A. D. Tompkins, later known as Uncle Alf, started the community. To attract newcomers to the town, he established mail service and helped erect the first saw mill in the county. He also gave his brother-in-law, Frank M. Dampier, Sr., a lot to build a store, with Dampier becoming the first merchant in town. Dampier is credited with laying out the town and naming it Tompkinsville.