Alabama’s Renaissance City
Florence Alabama is the county seat of Lauderdale County, and has a population of 39,319.
Florence is the largest and principal city of the Metropolitan Statistical Area known as “The Shoals” (which includes Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia metropolitan areas in Colbert and Lauderdale counties).
Things To Do In Florence Alabama
Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts
Indian Mound and Museum
See thousands of relics and artifacts in the Florence Indian Mound & Museum — a rare touch with the past.
Pope’s Tavern filled with heavy hearts during the Civil War. Andrew Jackson kicked the mud off his boots there. Homesick soldiers died in hospital beds there. Sweaty horses, stagecoaches, travelers who’d fought underbrush, pock-marked roads, and fear of assault pulled in for a night’s rest there.
W.C. Handy Home and Museum
Feel the blues down to your toes standing next to the very piano that shook with St. Louis Blues for the first time; see his hand-written sheets of music-originals of many of his tunes. You can take a virtual tour of the W.C. Handy Home and Museum right here.
Open Tuesday-Saturday-10 AM-4 PM
Architecture critic Peter Blake wrote in 1960 that “during the 1930s, Wright built four structures of a beauty unexcelled in America before or since.” Three of those are Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Administrative Building, and Taliesin West. The fourth was the Rosenbaum House.
Children’s Museum of the Shoals
The Children’s Museum Shoals is the only museum in Northwest Alabama that provides children with a hands-on, interactive experience designed especially for them. The Children’s Museum Shoals’ venues and programs offer children the opportunity to explore, learn and create in a variety of attractions. Many of the venues are influenced and inspired by the wonderful history and heritage of the region – from Native American Culture to the rock-n- soul roots of the Shoals Sound!
Forks of Cypress
The Forks of Cypress was a cotton plantation and Greek Revival plantation house near Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama. It was designed by architect William Nichols for James Jackson and his wife, Sally Moore Jackson. Construction was completed in 1830.
Shoals Gold Record Room
The Shoals Gold Record Room at 201 S. Court Street in Florence is a dynamic, upscale salute to the Muscle Shoals Music scene and the Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The room features 60 gold records, a giant mural of iconic music photos, a baby grand player piano loaded with Muscle Shoals tunes, costumes from AMHOF, guitar displays, vintage records autographed by local recording artists, a state-of-the-art sound system and a juke box vending machine. The custom designed flooring is inlaid with guitars and a large gold record.
The room is open to the public from 8-5, Monday through Friday and is also available for private events and as a performance venue. For information call 256-767-0740, ext. 221.