Florence is a town in the northwestern corner of Alabama and is the county seat of Lauderdale County. As of 2010, approximately 23,000 people called Florence home. Residents of Florence enjoy a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot, humid summers and mild winters.

The area now known as Florence was surveyed for the Cypress Land Company in 1818 by Italian surveyor Ferdinand Sannoner. Due to its climate, he named it after Florence, Italy, the capital of Tuscany. The city was incorporated in 1826.

The New Deal, A New City

Florence sits between Wilson Lake and Pickwick Lake on the Tennessee River, which is dammed by Pickwick and Wilson Dams. Pickwick Lake was created by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), one of several agencies of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Wilson Dam was commissioned by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918 and was the first dam constructed on the Tennessee River.

Florence Today

Today, Florence is a pleasant city embodying the spirit of Southern hospitality. Each January the city hosts the Sam Phillips Music Celebration for one week, drawing tourists from neighboring cities and states. The George Lindsey/UNA Film Festival has been held in Florence every year since 1997 in honor of The Andy Griffith Show actor George Lindsey. Perhaps the best known event held in Florence is the annual W. C. Handy Music Festival, hosted annually during the summer.

John Kennemer Attorney At Law & the Florence Community

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