FLORENCE, SOUTH CAROLINA: A HUB CONNECTING COMMUNITY
Florence, originally a township, was founded as a railroad terminal at the juncture of three major rail lines: the Wilmington & Manchester, the North Eastern, and the Cheraw & Darlington.
These railways went on to put Florence on the map, so to speak, and made it a critical hub during the Civil War, World War I, and World War II.
As a midpoint between New York and Miami, Florence became a popular stop throughout the 1950s and 1970s for those traveling U.S. Highway 301. As the intersection of I-95 and I-20, Florence is still a popular stop for travelers and is known as the transportation hub for the southeast.
Here are five things that we think make bustling Florence, South Carolina, so great.
1. WE’VE GOT THE PECAN TRAIL
Here in Florence, we take our pecans seriously. The first Saturday of every November kicks off a proud yearly tradition, the South Carolina Pecan Festival. We host over 50,000 guests, showcase live entertainment, and offer over 250 food and craft vendors. Attendees can cheer on races, admire antique tractors, or spin till they’re dizzy and giggling on amusement rides.
If you miss the festival, you can celebrate the community’s love of pecans any day of the year by participating in the South Carolina Pecan Trail. First, stop at the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau to pick up your pecan passport. Then stop at any one of the 17 businesses offering pecan-themed specialty dishes to indulge in pecan-inspired martinis, pesto, pizza, and so much more.
2. WE’VE GOT PIG-PICKIN’
Along the SC BBQ Trail Did you know South Carolina is the birthplace of bbq? While throughout the state you’ll find all four types of bbq — for the uninitiated, those would be mustard, heavy tomato, vinegar-pepper, and light tomato-based — here in Florence we can’t get enough of the vinegar-pepper variety. East Carolina Vinegar BBQ sauce is the stuff dreams are made of.
Follow the South Carolina BBQ Trail and you’ll find more drool-worthy bbq spots in Florence than you can shake a stick at. We’ve got ten, to be exact. For a list of must-stop places in the area, check out this South Carolina BBQ-dedicated blog.
3. WE’VE GOT A LOT OF TRAILS (TO TRAVEL)
Apparently, we love our trails. Thirdon our list is the more traditional type of trail — one for walking, hiking, and biking. Here in Florence, we’ve got a 43.6-mile-long trail system connecting parks, historical sites, and cultural points of interest. Along the way, you’ll find parks, museums, the library, our performing arts center, and the Florence Center.
The Florence Rail Trail offers a paved corridor with plenty of room for travelers. Spend the day at Ebenezer Park across the way, with its shaded picnic areas, playground, tennis courts, and baseball field. The park is dog-friendly, so bring Fido along for the fun too.
4. WE’VE GOT A DEVELOPING DOWNTOWN
Downtown Florence is amidst an exciting revitalization. The downtown development project is in full swing, and we’re so proud of these new exciting changes for the community. The latest project we’re looking forward to completing is the children’s fountain plaza. The water fountain will be a place for families to have lunch and enjoy splashing about to cool down on hot, sunny days.
Enjoy local music and food for free on the last Friday of each month at the Florence After Five Concert Series. More of a morning person? Stock up on locally grown products and hand-made goods at The City Center Farmers Market each Saturday between 9 AM and 1 PM.
5. WE’VE GOT THE DARLINGTON RACEWAY
Darlington Raceway is the original paved speedway. Built in 1949, the raceway was nicknamed “Harold’s Folly.” Come Labor Day of 1950, however, when 10,000 fans max were expected for the first race, over 25,000 ecstatic fans showed up. A folly it was not. NASCAR caught on like wildfire.
Home of the Bojangles’ Southern 500, the Xfinity Series and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races every Labor Day weekend. The track is renowned for its egg-shape. Due to its quirky shape, the track is infamously known as “too tough to tame.”
BONUS TIP: WE’VE GOT THE BELA FAMILY DENTISTRY OF FLORENCE TEAM
Here at Bela Family Dentistry of Florence, we’re always striving to exceed your expectations through service, compassion, and trust. With 4.9 stars from 27 Google reviews, we think our patients would agree that we’ve done just that. Clients have commended our staff for being friendly, prioritizing their comfort, and always being thoroughly informative.
The entire team at Bela Family Dentistry of Florence values learning and growing to best support the community they love so much. Dr. DuRant strives to be a trustworthy and dependable presence here in Florence and serve its member for years to come.
Experience what makes us so great first hand. Start the appointment booking process or give us a call. You can find our office at 1509 West Palmetto Street, Florence, South Carolina. We can’t wait to meet you and give you the same first-rate experience other patients have raved about.