Weiss Lake Property Daytrip to the Florence Museums
The museums of Florence in North Alabama are another fun daytrip from your Weiss Lake property at The Bluffs.
These museums display a wide range of interesting early American collections. Indian Mound and Museum,
Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts, Pope’s Tavern Museum, W.C. Handy Birthplace, museum and library, and Frank
Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House are some of the popular attractions in Florence for tourists who love to view historic
Indian Mound and Museum
Indian Mound and Museum is located at Florence and displays relics, which are found in Paleo, Transitional, Pale
archaic, Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian and Historic phases of Native America history. Apart from viewing rich
collections you can also enjoy special programs like the biennial Festival of Singing River.
This festival lets you view early American Crafts and Arts and enjoy other activities like dance and food on the
bank of the Tennessee River. General public can visit the museum by spending only $2 while for students the entry
fee is one fourth of the entry fee of general public. Admission is free for Festival of the Singing River. This
museum remains open on Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. however, remains closed on all federal
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Kennedy-Douglas Center for the Arts is a wonderful historical house with art museum that is located in Florence
City in Alabama. The entire museum complex is housed in two historic buildings – Kennedy-Douglass building and
Wright-Douglass building. Inside this museum complex you will find a studio, gallery and even a meeting place for
all cultural groups. Items like personal papers; genealogical records and photographs are also displayed in the
Apart from visiting the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts you can participate in various social programs and
competitions held in this center. In September and October you can enjoy monarch National Ceramic Competition while
in the mid of May you can take part and can enjoy their special program – ‘Arts Alive’. This center is open from
9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. during weekdays, however, remains closed on the federal holidays.
Pope’s Tavern Museum
Pope’s Tavern Museum is considered as the oldest structure in Florence. Antiques are used so perfectly to
decorate this museum that you can feel the lively atmosphere of an early tavern inside this place. Other part of
the museum displays uniform, medical equipment and artifacts, which will take you back to the American Civil War
Like other museums in Florence, Pope’s Tavern Museum also organizes special programs like Frontier Day
Celebration, Civil War camp re-enactment and ‘Every Light a Prayer for Peace’. This historical house remains open
from Tuesday to Saturday. Admission fee of Pope’s Tavern Museum is quite reasonable - $2 for general public and
$0.50 for children.
W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library
This historical house is the birthplace of William Christopher Handy, famous as ‘Father of the Blues’. The
entire complex is formed by the log cabin birthplace of W.C Handy, African-American Research Library and a Museum
Room. The museum room displays musical instruments and personal papers, photographs, music manuscripts and other
personal possessions of W.C. Handy.
W.C. Handy Music Festival and his birthday celebration are two significant programs of this museum. This museum
remains open from Tuesday to Saturday and charges $ 2.00 and $ 0.50 from general visitors and children,
respectively, to view the place.
Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House
Rosenbaum house was built by Frank Lloyd Wright in Usonian style. It is the only Usonian architecture in
Alabama, built during the period 1939-1940. Today the number of this type of building in United States is very
limited and so this house was turned into a National Historic Property of US.