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the "Father of the Blues," was born in a
small log cabin in Florence on November 16,
1873. Handy became famous for his blues
compositions such as "Memphis Blues" & "St.
Louis Blues". He was also a musician, band
conductor, and author. The museum houses a
collection of memorabilia, musical
instruments, personal papers and original
sheet music. Handy's famous trumpet and his
personal piano are just a few of the items
- Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Wilson Lock & Dam
Completed in the early 1920's, Wilson Dam was once used as a
power supply center for munitions plants in World War
The completion of the dam allowed a once
un-navigable stretch of the Tennessee River, "Muscle
Shoals", to become a major transportation resource for the
Shoals Area. Later, Wilson Dam became the cornerstone
Tennessee Valley Authority.
Indian Mound &
NOTICE: THE INDIAN MOUND MUSEUM WILL CLOSE ON MARCH 1, 2015 IN PREPARATION FOR THE NEW STRUCTURE.
Indian Mound is the Tennessee Valley area's
largest domiciliary mound. It is typical
workmanship of the Indians who lived in this
area before the Cherokees, Chickasaws, and
Creeks. Early settlers found steps on one
side of the mound, and discovered that it
had been enclosed by an earthen wall. The
museum contains Native American artifacts
dating back over 10,000 years arranged in
Open Tuesday -
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
time a stagecoach stop, tavern, and inn, Pope's Tavern is
one of the oldest structures in Florence. It was used as a
hospital for both Union and Confederate wounded during the
Civil War. The museum houses artifacts and
beautiful antiques from the 18th and 19th centuries, Civil
War artifacts and items of local history.
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House
designed and built in 1939-40, is the only structure in
Alabama designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and is
an example of his Usonian style.
Open for tours, Tuesday
- Saturday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
A National Historic Property. Completely
restored in 2001.
Museum of the Shoals
Museum of the Shoals, Inc. offers hands-on
exhibits and programs geared specifically to
the developmental stages and needs of
children. Our mission is to further
classroom education and compliment existing
cultural and educational resources.
Exhibits and activities encourage children
to imagine, make choices and create. These
exhibits enable children to discover
different cultures, values and occupations,
as well as to demystify science, technology
and the arts.
Attractions Around the Entire Shoals Area,