CIVIL WAR THEME
Established in 1818 as a small river town, it is impressive how far this city has grown. Today, Florence is considered one of the largest and most progressive cities in North Alabama. The city offers an extremely developed arts initiative and a vibrant and alive downtown district. Visitors are never disappointed with this city’s delicious cuisine and the unique shopping options.
Florence-Lauderdale Tourism Bureau & Information Center - Make a stop here to learn about Florence’s past, present, and future plans. Pick up some useful brochures and local maps that will help make the best of your time in the city and make sure to check out the unique merchandise for sale as a way to remember your visit!
Pope’s Tavern Museum - Previously used as a stagecoach stop, tavern, inn, and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War, the Tavern Museum beautifully displays the cultural history of Florence. At one time a stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, Pope's Tavern is one of the the oldest structures in Florence.Located on the military road that connected Nashville to the Natchez Trace and on to New Orleans, the tavern was an ideal stop-over for weary travelers in the 1800's. It served as a hospital for both Confederate and Union wounded during the Civil War.The wounded were brought here from as far away as the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee, and Shiloh.Later home to the Lambeth family, it remained a private residence until purchased by the city in 1965.The museum houses beautiful antiques and fascinating artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. The second floor is filled with artifacts from the Civil War and items of local history.
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts - This gallery and center for the coordination and promotion for cultural activity in the area serves as the cultural hub of Florence. Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is a gallery, educational facility, museum, and a center for the coordination and promotion for cultural activity in the area.It serves as the administrative office for all the museums. It is a home base and meeting place for cultural groups and a showcase and classroom for all arts disciplines. The Center features annual exhibits and rotating exhibits by artists from the Southeast, workshops and classes for all ages, concerts, and interesting lectures and programs.
The WC Handy House Museum – Home of ‘The Father of Blues’, William Christopher Handy. Born in 1873, he would become one of the most influential songwriters in America. Full of artifacts and memorabilia, this stop will chronicle the life of Handy and explain how he shaped the Blues. W.C. Handy was born in a small log cabin in Florence on November 16, 1873.Handy became famous for his blues compositions such as "Memphis Blues" & "St. Louis Blues".He was also a musician, band conductor, and author. The museum houses a collection of memorabilia, musical instruments, personal papers and original sheet music. Handy's famous trumpet and his personal piano are just a few of the items on display. W.C. Handy died in New York in 1958.His hometown of Florence honors the legacy of the "Father of the Blues" with a birthday party at the museum each November 16th and with the week-long W.C. Handy Music Festival during the summer.
Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House - A cypress, glass and brick abode built by Wright in 1939-1940.This historic home has been called one of the purest examples of Wright’s Usonian style, an approach to architecture named after the United States of America.The Rosenbaum House is the only Wright-designed structure in Alabama.It was built in 1939-1940 for Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum who were the sole owners and occupants of the house until 1999 when the house was purchased by the City of Florence. The house is constructed of cypress, glass and brick and has all the hallmarks of Wright's Usonian style...flat multi-level roofs, cantilevered eaves and carports, flowing space, use of natural materials and expanses of glass.Wright designed an addition to the house in 1948, adding two wings.The house has been meticulously restored.The City of Florence received the 2004 Wright Spirit Award in the Public Domain from the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy for the preservation of this important architectural gem.The house holds its original Wright-designed furniture and is open as a city museum.
Florence Indian Mound & Museum - The Florence Indian Mound is the Tennessee Valley area's largest domiciliary mound.It is typical workmanship of the Indians who lived in this area before the Cherokees, Chickasaws, and Creeks.Early settlers found steps on one side of the mound, and discovered that it had been enclosed by an earthen wall. The museum contains Native American artifacts dating back over 10,000 years arranged in chronological order. (Visible as we turn from Chamber Street onto Court Street)
Florence Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
PREMIUM EXPERIENCE EXCURSION
Sweet Home Alabama: A Musical Journey through Time
Spend the day exploring the musical culture of southern musical haven, Alabama. Begin the journey at the iconic Alabama Music Hall of Fame, an impressive 12,500 square-foot museum dedicated to revealing the story, accomplishments and success of musicians in every genre. Learn about some of the most famous musicians and where their careers brought them before heading to Muscle Shoals Studio to see where many of these musicians got started. This extremely famous studio has recorded legends including The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Willie Nelson, and Bob Dylan!
APPROXIMATE DURATION 3 hours
CAPACITY 50 Guests
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SIGHTS YOU WILL SEE
Alabama’s rustic and scenic countryside
THINGS YOU WILL EXPERIENCE
Alabama Music Hall of Fame, Muscle Shoals Studio
Civil War Themed Voyages