Introduction to Florence, Alabama
Florence was surveyed in 1818 by Ferdinand Sannoner, the Italian surveyor. He surveyed the land for the Cypress Land Company. Sannoner named the city after the capital of Tuscany in Italy. Florence was officially incorporated in 1826. The city is the hometown of several renowned personalities including W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues, and Sam Phillips, record producer who discovered the American cultural icon Elvis Presley.
Florence and nearby Attractions
- Indian Mound Museum
- Pope's Tavern Museum
- W.C. Handy Home
- Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum House
- Funland Water Park
- Joe Wheeler State Park
Things To Do In Florence
Florence is home to many parks and open spaces including North Florence Park, Cox Creek Park, Wildwood Park, North Alabama State Fair Park, and McFarland Park. The Walnut Street Historic District and Sannoner Historic District are also worth visiting. The Florence Golf and Country Club is an ideal destination for golf lovers. Some of the local shopping centers are the Florence Plaza Shopping Center, Northwood Plaza Shopping Center, English Village Shopping Center, Regency Square Mall Shopping Center, Four Lane Shopping Center, and Northgate Shopping Center.
Northwest Alabama Regional Airport is nearby.
Florence Higher Education
University of North Alabama, Rays University of Beauty, and International Bible College are located in the city.