Welcome to Historic Florence, Omaha, Nebraska's oldest community. We are in our spring months but just after Florence Days. We are getting ready for our Summer Months, which start in June when all of our attractions will be open on Friday and Saturday from 1 to 5 P.M. through August 31st. The Florence Mill is already open Wednesday through Saturday from 1 to 5 P.M. through September, concluding the first weekend in October with the Pottery Tour.
The second weekend in May was special for Florence as it was the weekend we celebrated Florence Days. We had a great Parade on May 9th, 2015. We are going to rest until the end of the month, and then all of our attractions will be open for the summer from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.! If you missed the Florence Days celebration for this year, plan ahead for next year. In the meantime, you can plan your visit to Florence for just about any weekend in the summer up until Labor day weekend, and still get to see just about every attraction.
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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.
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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