DescriptionThe Great Pee Dee River allowed Florence to become a transportation hub, and in 1853 the area became an important junction of two rail lines. During the Civil War Florence had one of the South's largest prisoner of war camps. Many of the captured Union soldiers succumbed to disease and war injuries and were buried in the Florence National Cemetery, 1 mile east of US 301S on National Cemetery Road. Florena Budwin, believed to be the first woman buried in a national cemetery, is interred here.
The 12-mile Beauty Trail is lined with marked gardens that begin to bloom in late March and early April; azaleas, camellias and roses are some of the flowers that grow along this route that includes historic neighborhoods and Timrod Park . Freedom Florence Recreation Complex , 1515 Freedom Blvd., has a gymnastics center and offers fishing, picnicking and a trail for jogging, walking and biking. The Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center, 1060 N. Cashua Dr., has 24 hard and six clay courts; the facility is free and open daily.
Florence Civic Center , 3300 W. Radio Dr., is a large-scale convention, entertainment and exhibition facility; phone (843) 679-9417. Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, downtown at 201 S. Dargan St., holds a variety of music and theater events; phone (843) 661-1720.
Visitor InfoFlorence Convention and Visitors Bureau 3290 W. Radio Dr. FLORENCE, SC 29501. Phone:(843)664-0330 or (800)325-9005
ShoppingMagnolia Mall (2701 David H. McLeod Blvd.) offers Belk, JCPenney and Sears along with more than 50 stores. Pee Dee State Farmers Market (2513 W. Lucas St.) offers fresh produce, plants, garden accessories and specialty food items Monday through Saturday. Young Plantations Outlet (2005 Babar Ln.) specializes in flavored pecans and other local food products.
Things to SeeFlorence County Library