"florence south carolina" Florence by doug48
Florence Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 24 photos
florence is the county seat of florence south carolina. a settlement was established near modern day florence by the lords proprietors in 1719. in the 18 th and early 19 th centuries the area was inhabited by subsistance farmers who produced cotton, indigo, and timber. in the mid 19 th century the junction of the wilmington & manchester and the northeastern railroads were built in florence. general w.w. harlee the president of the wilmington & manchester named the town florence after his daughter. during the civil war florence was an important transportation hub for the confederacy. florence was also home to the florence stockade which was a large union prisoner of war camp. two famous residents of florence were henry timrod who was nicknamed "the poet laureate of the confederacy" and FBI agent melvin purvis who led manhunts for baby face nelson, pretty boy floyd, and john dillinger in the 1930's. for the tourist there really not much to see or do in florence unless you are a student of civil war history. sadly many businesses in downtown florence are closed due to our current recession. hopefully downtown florence will be revitalized in the future.
the florence national cemetery is located on the site of the florence stockade. in sept 1864 thousands of union... more travel advice
on march 11 th 1958 an airforce B47 bomber accidentally dropped a 7,600 pound atomic bomb on mars bluff about five miles... more travel advice
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