Florence, Alabama

Florence AL Real Estate, Florence Area and Community Information



Florence is a city that is located in the northwestern corner of Alabama. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County, the biggest city in the Shoals Metropolitan Area and the primary economic hub for Northwestern Alabama. This is a community that is most known for its many historical attractions and fun annual events.

History of Florence

The land that is known as Florence today was originally occupied by Chickasaw tribes. However, the federal government took control of the land during the early part of the nineteenth century. Shortly after the government took over the land, they sold a portion of it to the Cypress Land Company.

The area was named Florence after the surveyor's hometown in Italy. Town officials held two land sales in Florence: one in 1818 and the other in 1823. About 180 people purchased land during these sales, and among them was President Andrew Jackson. While the town struggled a bit during the Civil War, it recovered rather quickly and became the thriving city it is today.

Parks and Recreation

Some of the most beautiful parks in the nation can be found near real estate in Florence. One such park is McFarland Park, which is located on James M. Spain Drive alongside the Tennessee River. This park features playground equipment, picnic tables, baseball and soccer fields, a golf course, lighted walking trails, and a fishing pier.

One of the most popular recreational facilities among residents of Florence AL homes is the Cox Creek Complex, which is located just off Cox Creek Pathway. Amenities of this facility include billiard tables, lighted tennis courts, a softball field, horseshoe pits, a playground and a skate park. Other parks in the community are Deibert Park, Martin Park and Wilson Park.

Attractions and Activities

Florence is well known for its many historical attractions, and some favorites among the locals are W.C. Handy Birthplace and Museum, Pope's Tavern, the Larimore Home, and Indian Mound and Museum. You will also find several nature-related attractions near Florence real estate including Pickwick Lake, Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge and Wheeler Lake.

If you are interested in Family friendly attractions near Florence homes, you and your family will enjoy such locations as the Children's Museum of the Shoals, Point Mallard Waterpark and Looney's Tavern Entertainment Park. Golf fans of the family will love frequenting Blackberry Trail Golf Course, Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail at the Shoals and Joe Wheeler State Park.

Special Events in Florence

In addition to its many wonderful attractions, Florence offers a variety of fun special events during the year as well. For ten days during the month of July, residents of Florence properties celebrate the Annual W.C. Handy Music Festival. This event features live jazz and blues music, interactive activities for kids, art exhibits, plays, and sporting events.

Another annual event that takes place near Florence homes for sale is the Arts Alive Festival. This event takes place in mid-May and features hundreds of arts and crafts exhibits including paintings, jewelry, sculptures, stained glass and more. Other events you will have access to as a Florence home buyer are The Alabama Renaissance Fair (October), the Spirit of Freedom Celebration (July) and Frontier Days (June).

If you are in the market for a home in Alabama that is close to numerous employment opportunities and fun attractions, give Mike Randall a call. Mike can show you several homes for sale in Florence that will meet your needs. Grab hold of your dream and speak with Mike Randall today!
Mike Randall
Mike Randall
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