140 Matthew Paul Court
Florence, AL 35630
Phone: (256) 246-2300
Fax: (256) 246-2301
Arts & Museums
This museum offers a variety of kid-friendly exhibits which build on the culture and the unique aspects of the Tennessee Valley.
This small, intimate gallery features fine original art and accessories by regional, national, and international artists. Oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture, and hand blown art glass are just some of the items found at ARTifacts.
At one time a stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, Pope's Tavern is one of the the oldest structures in Florence. It served as a hospital for both Confederate and Union wounded during the Civil War. The museum houses beautiful antiques and fascinating artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries illustrating the uses of the structure as a tavern, inn and private residence. The second floor is filled with artifacts from the Civil War and items of local history.
The mound stands on the north side of the Tennessee River in silent testimony to the prehistoric Native Americans who built it by hand during the Woodland Period, long before the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, and Creek inhabited Alabama. It is the largest domiciliary mound in the Tennessee Valley. The museum houses artifacts from the region dating back 10,000 years.
Wilson Dam is one of the highest single lift locks in the world. It crosses the Tennessee River and provides visitors with a view of everything on the water!
The Tennessee Valley Art Center host several rotating exhibits, programs, and activities. One special permanent exhibit includes ancient Native American Petroglyph that was found in the Shoals area.
Adding glee to the Tennessee River Valley in Wheeler, Alabama is the Joseph Wheeler Plantation. It is often referred to as the "General Joe Wheeler Home" or the "Pond Spring." It was established by John P. Hickman and boasts 1760 acres (710 hectares) of land area. The Alabama Historical Commission manages this property. The plantation is open for viewing from Wednesday to Saturday, 9:00a through 4:00p. The site staff is efficient and arranges for guided tours. Surrounding the house are a whole lot of gardens, cemeteries, grounds and historic buildings that can be explored.