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Lauderdale County, Alabama
"The Renaissance City"
One of 13 cities encompassing the "Shoals Area," Florence is the county seat of Lauderdale County. It is a "Sister City" to Florence, Italy.
Wilson Lock and Dam - one of the highest single-lift locks in the world
Renaissance Tower - provides a panoramic view of the Tennessee River and the Shoals Area,featuring a restaurant at the top and the Alabama Shoals Aquarium.
Florence Conference Center - state-of-the-art meeting facility constructed with Florence's Italian Renaissance in mind.
W.C. Handy Home and Museum - W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, was born in Florence. His home was restored and now houses memorabilia, musical instruments, and original manuscripts from someof his works.
Pope's Tavern and Museum - constructed over 150 years ago. Now a museum, the Pope's has functioned as a tavern, stage shop, and a confederate hospital.
Kennedy Douglas Center for the Arts
Indian Mound and Museum - houses artifacts dating back some 10,000 years of the native Americans history.
The University of North Alabama - located in historic downtown Florence; established in 1872 as the first state supported teacher college south of the Ohio River; a 4-year institution offering academicprograms in more than 25 majors within four schools - business, education, arts & sciences, and nursing)
Northwest Shoals Community College - 2-year, state supported comprehensive community college
For more information on these and other points of interest, please contact Florence-Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141.
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Economy & Industry
Tourism is our largest industry.
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Bassmaster Top 100 Bass Tournament (March)
Helen Keller Festival (June)
Spirit of Freedom Celebration (July)
W.C. Handy Music Festival (August)
The Alabama Renaissance Faire (October)
NCAA Division II National Championship Football Game (December)
Florence Libraries Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
218 N. Wood Ave.
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 764-6563