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W. C. Handy Birthplace, Museum & Library

620 W College St, Florence, AL 35630-5360
+1 256-760-6434
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Quaint Museum

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this lovely museum. We were given a private tour... read more

Reviewed 17 December 2017
Homestead, Florida
via mobile
Great attraction

This was an interesting visit to the home of the "Father of the Blues." The memorabilia is... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Teri E
Jackson, Wyoming
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Birthplace of the Father of the Blues.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good27%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“his life” (10 reviews)
“blues music” (4 reviews)
“on display” (5 reviews)
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620 W College St, Florence, AL 35630-5360
+1 256-760-6434
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Reviewed 17 December 2017 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this lovely museum. We were given a private tour by the curator. She was so knowledgeable about W.C. Handy’s life. A must stop for Blues lovers.

Thank tpernas
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This was an interesting visit to the home of the "Father of the Blues." The memorabilia is extensive and interesting. Our tour guide provided a great deal of information on this historic home. Many interesting items are on display.

Thank Teri E
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I attended the museum while in town for a seminar at the UNA. I got so much more from the experience than I thought I would have. Ms. Norwood, our docent, was so warm and knowledgeable. She offered basic information sprinkled with wonderful anecdotes that...More

Thank ThomasTT1223
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

My husband and I love history!! We were both in awe with all the information we were told! Definitely coming back. It makes you appreciate and love music in the background! You can feel it in the atmosphere! Staff member was great!! Bought books and...More

1  Thank Zdenka E
Reviewed 7 September 2017

In this small cabin, William Christopher Handy known as “The Father of the Blues,” was born. The memorabilia is extensive and the docent who spoke to us provided the right amount of context and information. Definitely worth a stop.

Thank Cynthia P
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This is the house where W.C. Handy was born. So glad we visited to see this old log cabin and the memorabilia from his life. This is a great place to visit especially the last 2 weeks in July when the Handy Festival is going...More

Thank joannep319
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We stopped by on a Tuesday morning and had the place to ourselves for a little while. I don't remember the tour guide's name, but she was a sweet little old black woman who told us all about WC Handy and his background. It was...More

Thank Michael K
Reviewed 1 May 2017 via mobile

A caring curator walked us through the cabin and the key items in the museum and then left us to explore at leisure. Such an important figure in American music. There's inscription from Gershwin giving Handy credit for his music--although the impact of his legacy...More

Thank Lynne146
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this quick stop to see the restored Handy family cabin and the memorabilia related to WC over his years as composer.

Thank Kimberley A
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This is a small museum dedicated to the life of W.C. Handy, Father of the Blues. Cost is $2pp, less for children. The curator told us about his life and career as a songwriter, musician and music producer. Part of the museum is the two...More

1  Thank pasherry
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