On Friday evening, February 2, 1939, the city of Florence got its first look at what would come to be the Florence Museum. The public library on the corner of Pine and Irby streets opened its downstairs doors to a crowd of people who had come to see the guest speakers, two archaeologists, both of […]
Scarborough traveled in the Carolinas and Georgia, painting the portraits of many prominent families in areas such as Cheraw, Darlington and Society Hill. As was the custom during that era, Scarborough would be a houseguest of the family he was painting and his “visit” could last many months. The Florence Museum holds seven portraits by […]
Jane Beverly Evans, the eldest child of Dr. James D. Evans and Marie Antoinette Powell Evans, was born in 1866. The Evans family had settled in South Carolina before the Revolutionary War, and trace their descent back through the Welsh prince of Furlvs to King Arthur’s Round Table. Dr. James D. Evans was one of […]
Thanks to the generosity of the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation and Florence County, allocated funding was secured for the purpose of constructing a Florence County Museum facility. While the Florence Museum Board of Trustees is responsible for the museum collection, the Florence County Museum Board was established in September of 2008 by the Florence […]
Our new exhibition, South Carolina Stalwarts is now available for public viewing during museum hours. There will be an opening reception held at the Florence Museum on Friday evening, March 16th at 7:30PM. The public in invited to attend. We hope to see you there!
The Florence Museum evolved from the Blue Bird Tea Room, which was formed by the Florence Chapter of the National League for Women’s Services during World War I, which met in the old Florence Public Library building on the corner of Irby St and Pine St. The tea room was operated to raise money for […]
This Art Moderne house, completed in 1939 for Joseph Maner Lawton, has housed the Florence Museum since 1953. It was designed by Sanborn Chase, then an engineering student influenced by Moderne Architecture in France and later a prominent local businessman. The house features curved streamlined forms, a semicircular glass block entrance bay, and black glass […]