Florence and Lauderdale County, Alabama

This is Southern living at its best. This is how life is supposed to be. From the houses on the bluffs overlooking the Tennessee River to the beautiful and historic homes in the city’’s downtown area, life in Florence is full of beauty. The wonderful thing about this corner of the state of Alabama is the variety. Like outdoor activities? Walking trails, legendary fishing, world-class golf, and water sports of all types can be found here. Interested in history? The area is rich in Native American and pioneer tradition, and the historic downtowns are vibrant and welcoming. Shop at award-winning fashion designers’ retail stores; enjoy some of the best food you’’ve ever put in your mouth. Visit the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in the state of Alabama, and tour the music studios that made a musical legend of Muscle Shoals. Museums, theater, concerts, art shows and festivals mean that there’’s always something going on around here. How much time do you have? A mild climate, with four gentle and distinct seasons; terrific recreation opportunities, and the beautiful Tennessee River at the city’s Southern boundary; a thriving retail and manufacturing economy; a reverent sense of history and culture; and the friendliest people in the world. This is a great place to live, work, and play!

Fast Facts and Trivia

  • As evidenced by the large Indian Mound at the foot of its main street, Florence was a center for an advanced civilization almost 1,000 years ago.
  • Dred Scott, the slave who gave his name to the famous U.S. Supreme Court “Dred Scott Decision” worked at a downtown hotel in Florence from 1820-1831.
  • Florence has provided four Alabama Governors. A fifth Alabama governor grew up in Lauderdale County about 20 miles west of town.
  • Florence is the educational center of Northwest Alabama. Its centerpiece is the University of North Alabama which began in neighboring Colbert County as La Grange College, the state’s first four-year liberal arts college to open its doors to students.
  • Florence is home to Wilson Dam. When completed in 1925 it was heralded as one of the highest dams in the United States. Its locking facility, 100 feet in height, was initially the highest single lift lock in the world.
  • Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock and Roll” who founded Sun Records in Memphis, was born in Florence.

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