Welcome to Historic Florence, Omaha, Nebraska's oldest community. Our summer months have come to an end and that means that most of our attractions are no longer open on Friday and Saturday except the Florence Mill remains open Wednesday through Sunday through October 31st (Sunday: 10 A.M. to 3 P.M.). The Farmer's Market on Sundays at the mill runs through the end of September, andthe North Hills Pottery Tour happens the first weekend of October at the mill. There are some events that take place through the end of the year. Check the events page for more details. You can make appointments to visit each of our attractions. The contact information is accessible from our attractions page.
The second weekend in May 2016 was special for Florence as it is the weekend we celebrated Florence Days. We had a great Parade on May 14th, 2016 partly due to the great weather.
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We promote Florence attractions, events, businesses, Florence's history, and Florence's future. Our goal is to promote Florence economics into the 21st century. Our mission is to preserve, enhance, and promote the cultural, historical education, and community assets of the Florence area. Even though "Historic" is part of our web site's name, our community and our web site is much more than that. Notice that "History" is only one button in our menu (to the left). It is true that our "Attractions" have a historic perspective, but our Events, Community, and Businesses are as non-historic as it gets. After all, the web site was created by a group called Florence Futures Foundation.
Florence has more historic sites and historical markers per square mile than any other part of the state. Florence was land of the Omaha & Otoe/Missouria Tribes; on routes of international exploration up the Missouri River, Fort Lisa, Crossroads of the Trails: Lewis & Clark Trail, Alternate Oregon Trail, Mormon Trail, Winter Quarters site, and the California Gold Rush Trail; Territorial Boom-town, Outfitting-town, and Capitol of Nebraska for one glorious week.
If it is your first time visiting the site, please read the Help page for some interesting tips. Do you know what clicking on our logo does? And do you know how to find the "Easter Eggs?"
Did you know a man died in Florence but wasn't buried for several months?
Where is Rock Bottom?
Where did the Territorial Capitol majority meet when Beatrice, Nebraska was named?
Florence, Nebraska gets its name from a lady named Florence. What was her last name?
Who lived in the Potato Heap?
What happened on February 24, 1846 that allowed the Mormons to flee Nauvoo?
Where is the oldest grist mill in the state of Nebraska?
You will find the answers to these questions (and much more) from this web site.
Why: Also, read Why We Have What We Have