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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 #5 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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Lexington, TN
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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The W.C. Handy birth place museum was a delight. It isn’t a large structure or a long tour. However, they had many interesting artifacts from Handy’s career and it gives one a glimpse at Handy’s early life. The man who gave us our tour was an older gentleman and yes, at times, repeated himself. He was, however, a delightful and... More

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Newburgh, Indiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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