Florence offers the latest in entertainment at the Florence Civic Center, Florence Little Theatre, and FMU Performing Arts Center. Nestled near the Pee Dee River and surrounded by scenic farmland vistas, Florence also offers a wonderful array of outdoor recreational activities, including great golf, paddle expeditions, and a variety of beautiful parks.
It’s the perfect place for history buffs, too. The kayaking excursions through the SC Revolutionary Rivers Trail bring adventuresome visitors into the stomping grounds of the Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, known as the Swamp Fox for his ability to hide in the cypress swamps. The Florence Stockade served as a Union prisoner-of-war camp from September 1864 through February 1865. As many as 12,000 Union soldiers were imprisoned there. The Florence National Cemetery was established in 1865 just south of that camp.
Florence was originally established as a transportation hub in the mid 1800s, first because of the Pee Dee River, then because it was the intersection of three major rail lines. Florence was a major rail center for the movement of men and military supplies during the Civil War.
Though largely agricultural, with their direct connection to I-95 and I-20, Florence has become a leading choice for large corporations such as Honda, QVC, Monster, Johnson Controls, Heinz, Otis Elevator, and most recently Ruiz Foods.