Pope's Tavern Museum
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 history.
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.
Our excellent guide (Wayne) made this a great place to learn the history of the building and the area!
Neat place they used it as like a hospital during the civil war. They would amputate limbs and throw them in the wagon out back. I went on a ghost tour in Florence. Everyone should check it out. They still have the wagon outback!
Very quaint piece of history. Full of interesting antiques and stories you can get up close to. Wayne was a fabulous guide.
Great site for local civil war history. The guide was very informative - I highly recommend taking the tour w a guide.
It is a very neat and interesting place to visit. Mr Higgins is very nice and knowledgeable. If you get a chance you should go!!