“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)

Pope's Tavern Museum

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By Sandra Hughes, May 7, 2013
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Inscription.  Pope's Tavern Museum is housed in a building that dates back to the early 1800s. According to legend Christopher Cheatham built and operated a tavern on this site for Leroy Pope in 1811. This was seven years before the founding of Florence in 1818. Archaeological evidence suggest that the original building was burned. Apparently part of the present building was erected in 1820s. Since that time there have been numerous structural changes to meet changing needs for the building. While no firm evidence exist that this building was a tavern, there are several reasons to believe the legend. The present structure is certainly one of the oldest buildings in Florence and a prominent historical site.

At various times the building served as the home to prominent families including Charles Gookin, a businessman and city Alderman, and Josiah Patterson, a prominent lawyer and his son, who later became Governor of Tennessee.

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During the Civil War the house was used as a hospital by Union and Confederate armies. It was first used as a hospital shortly after the Battles of Fort Henry and Fort Donelson and remained
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By Sandra Hughes, May 7, 2013
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in fairly constant use after early 1862. Thirty-two soldiers died in the house and were buried in the old Florence Cemetery.

Felix Grundy Lambeth, a postmaster in Florence, bought the house in 1874. It was occupied by the Lambeth family until 1965. When rumors circulated that the house was to be demolished, the Chamber of Commerce purchased the property and gave it to the City of Florence. The deed stipulated that the City would maintain and preserve the building as a historic site and that it would be used as a museum. After extensive renovation of the building by the City and exhaustive search for appropriate artifacts, the Pope's Tavern Museum was opened to the public in 1968.
Erected by Florence Historical Board Florence Alabama.
Location. 34° 48.3′ N, 87° 40.62′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Memorial is on Hermitage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 Hermitage Drive, Florence AL 35630, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Seminary - O'Neal Historic District (within shouting distance of this marker); Sannoner Historic District (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First United Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); Colonel Pickett Place
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By Sandra Hughes, May 7, 2013
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(about 600 feet away); Regions Bank (about 600 feet away); Wood Avenue Historic District (about 700 feet away); Sannoner Historic District Medical Arts Building (about 700 feet away); Courtview, Rogers Hall (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
Also see . . .  Pope's Tavern in Florence, Al. Pope’s Tavern has been preserved as a museum for you. It is filled with local history, antiquities, relics, and stories of ghosts. Dating all the way back to the 1830s-1840s, Pope’s Tavern is one of Florence, Alabama’s oldest buildings having served as a stagecoach stop, a tavern, an inn and a Civil War hospital for both the Union and the Confederacy. Tradition holds that Scottish immigrant Christopher Cheatham built the first structure there as an inn and stagecoach stop sometime in the 1810s. (Submitted on May 2, 2019, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA.) 
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By Sandra Hughes, February 25, 2002
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 3, 2019. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 497 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on July 16, 2013, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 13, 2013, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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