Collection highlights in local history include: Cretaceous period reptile material, an 18-foot-tall Ancient Bald Cypress trunk sub-fossil, Native American and Colonial period artifacts, Civil War artifacts from the Florence Stockade prison camp and Confederate Naval Yard at Mars Bluff, artifacts related to life and career of former FBI agent and Florence County native, Melvin Purvis, & fragments of the MK-6 atomic bomb which was accidentally dropped on the Mars Bluff community in 1958.
In addition to the aforementioned historical highlights, our permanent collection currently includes eight works by celebrated 20th century African-American artist and Florence native, William H. Johnson: three works on paper and five oil paintings, each representing distinct periods of the artist’s development.
It is also of note that the Florence County Museum is home to The Wright Collection of Southern Art; a prestigious volume of over 140 works representing some of the best in 20th century Southern Art. This collection boasts works by: Thomas Hart Benton, Alfred Hutty, Helen Hyde, Alice Huger Smith, Anna Heyward Taylor, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Palmer Schoppe, Mary Whyte, & Stephen Scott Young.
The Florence County Museum is equally committed to providing a platform for contemporary artists as the host of the Pee Dee Regional Art Competition, South Carolina’s eldest juried art competition. The Pee Dee Regional Art Competition has been showcasing the best in southern contemporary art since 1954.