Lauderdale County, Alabama is an eclectic mix of many genres from music to history to art to the beautiful outdoors.
From music to museums, here are some of the must-see sights in Lauderdale County, courtesy the Alabama Mountain Lakes Association:
1. The W. C. Handy Music Festival is an annual July event which draws music lovers from everywhere to honor The Father of The Blues, born in Florence Alabama!
2. Joe Wheeler State Park – Arrive by land or water and enjoy the serenity of this resort state park. The resort features a waterfront lodge with restaurant, convention facilities, a championship 18-hold golf course, full-service marina, camping, cottages, cabins, and lodge. There’s something for everyone.
3. Frank Lloyd Wright Home – Rosenbaum Home Visit the newly renovated home of Stanley and Mildred Rosenbaum designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The home is now owned and maintained by the City of Florence. Definitely worth a visit.
4. Pope’s Tavern Museum – One of the area’s oldest buildings, the building has served as a stagecoach stop, tavern and inn, hospital and command center for both Northern and Southern armies. The museum houses a wealth of local and Civil War History. Pope’s Tavern is located in downtown Florence on Jackson’s Military Road, carved out by Andrew Jackson to move supply wagons and artillery from Nashville to New Orleans.
5. Pickwick & Wilson Lakes – Catfish, large and small mouth draw fishermen from around the region to these beautiful fishing sights. There are a number of nearby hotels and lots of tournaments earning the title Big Lakes, Big Fish, Big Time.
6. Robin Wade Furniture –For a totally unique take on furniture design Robin Wade uses materials which are often reclaimed from area woods and rivers to put his unique designs described as sustainable, natural, modern and American made walnut slab furniture…and art!
7. Worthy Vessels – Visit this working pottery studio in Lexington for a selection of functional pottery. Located on the bank of Kitty Branch, visitors are also free to play in the creek or sit on the porch of the 200-year-old log cabin. Come enjoy the day.
8. Singin’ River Brewing – Celebrates the variety of songs the Tennessee River brings with a full range of brews. This local brewery strikes all the right chords, just like the princess of the Singing River.
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