Road Trip: Florence, Alabama

Florence, Alabama is filled with small town charm and a huge appreciation of art and history. The town is known as ‘Alabama’s Renaissance City’ because of the annual Renaissance Faire hosted each October featuring artists and live musicians. This among many other unique quirks and points of interest make it a fall destination worth checking out.

The first of these is the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House. Made by the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the house is known for its Usonian style which uses natural materials like cypress wood, glass and brick. It is the only Wright house in the southeast open to the public.

The Indian Mound & Museum is another great place to uncover history and learn about the Indigenous members of the land we now call Florence. The mound is the largest in the state dating back 2,000 years. The site also includes a museum which was recently expanded and offers visitors a chance to see artifacts excavated on the mound and learn more about those who created the mound.

One more step back in time and you’ll find yourself at the WC Handy Home & Museum, the birthplace of William Christopher Handy, the “father of blues.” Learn about his life, legacy and contributions to the musical community by viewing his authentic personal papers, memorabilia and the piano he used to write one of his biggest songs, ‘St. Louis Blues.’

In the nearby city of Tuscumbia, rests the birthplace of another influential figure, Helen Keller. The famed and inspiring woman who was both deaf and blind, is known for her remarkable accomplishments such as the dozens of books she wrote while implementing educational efforts around the world. 



Take a historic guided walking tour in downtown Florence. Guided tours are offered on occasional Saturdays. If not, grab a self guided tour brochure in the Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center.


Photo Courtesy: Gunrunner Boutique Hotel


The Gunrunner Boutique Hotel is a unique hotel with exposed brick, wood beam ceilings and a cocktail bar. 


Photo Courtesy: Odette


One of the most popular restaurants in town is Odette, a rustic style restaurant with American cuisine. 


front view of a very colorful jukebox with guitars in the back


Check out the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in the nearby town of Tuscumbia where you’ll learn about the famous musicians that got their start in Alabama.