Arts & Museums
203 Hermitage Drive
Florence, AL 35630
At one time a
stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, Pope's Tavern is
one of the the oldest structures in Florence.
Located on the military road that connected
Nashville to the Natchez Trace and on to New
Orleans, the tavern was an ideal stop-over for
weary travelers in the 1800's. Legend has it
that Andrew Jackson stopped here on his march to
the Battle of New Orleans.
It served as a
hospital for both Confederate and Union wounded
during the Civil War. The wounded were
brought here from as far away as the Battle of
Franklin, Tennessee, and Shiloh. Later home
to the Lambeth family, it remained a private
residence until purchased by the city in 1965.
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
The museum is
operated for the purpose of displaying, teaching,
and interpreting the cultural history of Florence
and the Shoals area. The annual Frontier Day
Celebration takes place at the museum the first
full weekend of June with demonstrations of
pioneer crafts and dulcimer music.
Open Tuesday -
Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm.