Introduction to Florence, South Carolina
Florence was established in 1719; however, development began only after the arrival of railroads. The area's early settlers practiced mostly subsistence farming. The Wilmington and Manchester Railroad and the Northeastern Railroad arrived in the area in the mid-19th century. In fact, the city was named for the eldest daughter of General William Wallace Harllee, president of the Wilmington and Manchester Railroad. The city became a major medical center in the 20th century.
Florence and nearby Attractions
- Florence Museum of Art
- War Between the States Museum
- Indigo Museum
- Woods Bay State Natural Area
- Browntown Museum
- Moore Memorial Museum
Things To Do In Florence
While staying in Florence, you can explore the city's history by visiting the Florence Public Library and Florence Museum of Art, Science, and History. The city also has several other museums such as the War Between the States Museum, Browntown Museum, and Indigo Museum. Some of the local parks are Chase Park, Maple Park, Jeffries Creek Park, and Timrod Park. Visitors can enjoy shopping at the Hallmark Square Shopping Center, Florence Plaza Shopping Center, Florence Mall Shopping Center, and South Park Shopping Center.
Florence Regional Airport is nearby.
Florence Higher Education
Francis Marion University, Betty Stevens Cosmetology Institute, and Florence Darlington Technical College are some of the local colleges and university.