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Pope's Tavern Museum

203 Hermitage Drive

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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.


Diana Larson

Friday, March 16, 2018
Wayne was our guide for the tour of this small but very interesting museum. He provided information about the area, and about the items in the museum. He was able to tailored his talk to our level of interest by our questions but he also challenged us to think if our history knowledge.

Stephen Eichler

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Nice museum, with some interesting things to look at. Good for local history especially 19th century. The docent was friendly and well informed.

Erica Wilhelm

Saturday, March 3, 2018
Great place to come back and vist. Learned more interesting facts. The Curator here was very helpful and answer what questions we had. Visted first time in fourth grade on a field trip came back today and learned more. New item from last time too.worth a vist.

Peggy Calvert

Friday, June 22, 2018
Love seeing pictures of my family who served in the Civil War.

Steven Minton

Monday, Sep. 4, 2017
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!

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