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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

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Address: 620 W College St, Florence, AL 35630-5360
Phone Number: 256-760-6434
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.

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Not just for jazz fans, but history buffs, too

A true pioneer in the history of the only original American instrumental music, aside from the Native Americans. Handy didn't invent jazz, but he was the first published jazz... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 10, 2016
Karl V
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Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

A true pioneer in the history of the only original American instrumental music, aside from the Native Americans. Handy didn't invent jazz, but he was the first published jazz composer. Our guide was delightful and we enjoyed every minute. A blend of American music, racial history, and architecture. Handy's original birth place home and many mementos. It's also only about... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

When I was still in junior high school a charming black musician with a trumpet in one hand and a ton of charm entertained our class for more than an hour with a history lesson on New Orleans music and the birth of the blues. I only had a cage idea who W.C. Handy was 60 years ago but I've... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I stopped by here with a friend recently and couldn't be more happy that we did. We were exploring America's musical roots in the Shoals and realized that this gem was just across the river. It contains a small but lovingly maintained museum and library, with a great, passionate docent. While the original log cabin home is interesting, it is... More 

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State College, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

The docent did a great job sharing the museum exhibits with us and reviewing the details of Handy's remarkable life and contributions. The original logs from his birthplace cabin have been rebuilt on this location. The display cases in the museum section are full of photographs and personal effects. Definitely worth a stop for fans of the blues and African-American... More 

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Mattoon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016

Next up during our time in Florence we visited the W.C. Handy Museum and Birthplace. Ms. Norwood gave a most interesting account of his life as she pointed out various memorabilia. I have to admit, the highlight for me was being allowed to sit down and play Mr. Handy’s piano, the very one that he sat at while composing, among... More 

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Durbanville, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

If you are a music lover - especially music from this area and Alabama - you need to visit. The gentleman that showed us around was very friendly and informative. A humbling experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

We went to the my sister and her writer-husband, and with my brother and his spouse. It was an enlightening visit by all. The photos and historical information on how Handy rose to prominence in making black spirituals, ragtime and especially blues music known to the larger world were very interesting

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Spent about 30 minutes inside looking at pics and artifacts. Cost $2 to get in. Well worth it. It's a must see.

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Abingdon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Unbelievably low prices....less than a dollar for my 11 year old daughter and only $2.00 for an adult. We really enjoyed the museum. The cabin his family lived in at the time of his birth has been moved to the site and is attached to the museum. Many, many artifacts and documents have been preserved. It would be nice if... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

This is an excellent place to visit if you are into the old Bee Bop Dizzy Gillespie type Jazz era of music. The are lots of good books and exhibits to review and a small gift shop as well. The cabin has some excellent artifacts in it of yesteryear and you can walk all the way thru it and see... More 

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