Local History Tour
Pope’s Tavern – This one time stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, now owned by the city, is one of the oldest structures in Florence. Both Confederate and Union Forces used it as a hospital during the War Between the States. It is located on what was known as Jackson’s Military Road and Andrew Jackson himself is said to have stopped here. The museum now houses a wealth of local history and pioneer artifacts.
Edith Newman Culver Museum – This historic home is now the site of a town museum that features Native American artifacts, Civil War relics and the unique heritage of Waterloo, one of Alabama’s oldest incorporated towns. The town was a stop along the Trail of Tears. During the Civil War the town was burned, had a visit by U. S. General William Sherman, and was the site of the largest cavalry force ever amassed in the Western Hemisphere.
W.C. Handy Home & Museum – This birthplace of William Christopher Handy, “Father of the Blues” will walk you through the life of this talented musician who was born in Florence, Alabama. W.C. Handy has made a considerable contribution to the musical community, including such compositions as Memphis Blues, St. Louis Blues, and Beale Street Blues.