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There’s so much history to discover at our interactive museums and historic sites.

With a long history of habitation by indigenous cultures and reputation as a critical position in the Civil War, Florence and The Shoals are home to a rich history and many historical sites and museums. Ivy Green, the Birthplace of Helen Keller, is one of the area’s most famous attractions. Visitors can tour Keller’s childhood home and view original furnishings, personal mementos, and books.

Music History

Music lovers will appreciate a stop at the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, which highlights famous performers from Elvis to Lionel Richie. You can also see where the blues were born at the W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library. Read more about music history here.

Civil War History

Pope’s Tavern and Museum offers a glimpse into the past as a famous Civil War stagecoach stop, makeshift hospital, inn, and tavern for both Union and Confederate forces. The Edith Newman Culver Memorial Museum takes visitors inside a historic home filled with Civil War relics and Native American artifacts. Read more about Native American history here.

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Dig in to the past in Florence and the Shoals.

Native American Culture

Step back in time and experience the Native American history of the Tennessee River Valley.

Arts & Culture

The scenic Tennessee River Valley is a hot spot for creativity and keeps local artists feeling...

Family Fun

Find out about the best activities and attractions for families in Florence and the Shoals.