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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

620 W. College St, Florence, AL 35630
256-760-6434
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Florence
Type: Historic Sites, Specialty Museums, Museums, Libraries
Traveler Description: Where the Tennessee River, like a silver snake, winds her way through the clay hills of Alabama, sits high on these hills, my home town, Florence... more »
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Newburgh, Indiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Just wonderful restoration of his homestead and knowledgeable staff, I had to buy his book! Has his original home made instrument he used in his NY band!

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Southside, Alabama
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

A good source of information. Lots of memorabilia and a very knowledgeable lady will start you off explaining the significance of many of the items. Included are his trumpet and piano. Admission $2. Check day and times museum open. We walked to museum from downtown Florence Court Street, and it is not that far but it was hot and we... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It is a nice exhibit that is worth the time to see. It shows you a piece of music history that most people know little about outside of the Shoal area.

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Maryville, Missouri, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The museum, a replica log cabin contains a collection of Handy memorabilia, musical instruments, personal papers and original sheet music. His trumpet as well as his piano are among the many items on display.

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Morecambe, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

This is beautiful, W c Handy, father of the blues was born in Florence and this houses some of his personal mementoes, his trumpet, his personal piano, handwritten sheet music, etc. absolutely loved it. It was $3 each for seniors, a snip, and the gifts for sale are very reasonable, I would have bought more, but the case is getting... More

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Took the tour in July 2012 & was very impressed. The lady who was the tour guide was very well knowledgeable & answered any questions. I highly recommend anyone tour this home when in the Shoals area.

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Florence, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

I have had a greater respect for Mr. W.C. Handy since visiting his birthplace. A very talented man and the tour was excellent. His birthplace is small, put packs quite a bit in it to see! Highly recommend!!!

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Florence, Alabama
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The photo is actually of Wilson Park; our fountain was named one of the most spectacular in the world in a recent publication. Small park about a city block square, surrounded by Southern style columned buildings except for one investment bank that appears to belong in New Jersey, according to one tourist!

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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Excellent collection of W.C. Handy memorabilia. I learned a lot about one of the earliest pioneers of blues and jazz music.

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Columbus, Georgia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

I was never a fan of "RagTime" jazz as it was popular at the turn of century in the 1900s. I appreciated later jazz but was very glad we toured "The Father of the Blues" museum and birthplace. Family donations of WC Handys memorablia added greatly to this venue, but the story of his life was indeed a wonderful saga... More

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