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Florence in Lauderdale County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

McFarland Park and Recreation Area

 
 
McFarland Park and Recreation Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2009
1. McFarland Park and Recreation Area Marker
Inscription.  This bottom land serves as a reservoir for TVA's flood control program. Florence leases it for recreational purposes when not being used by TVA. Major Robert McFarland, a native of Ireland, his wife, Kate Armstead McFarland, and their seven children resided in the ante~bellum mansion now called Mapleton that overlooked this river bottom. Strawberries were once grown here. Jobless families were encouraged to plant vegetables gardens here during the Great Depression. Major McFarland rode with Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and became the first cavalryman to leap across the line onto Indian soil.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureParks & Recreational AreasWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 34° 47.169′ N, 87° 40.52′ W. Marker is in Florence, Alabama, in Lauderdale County. Marker is on McFarland Park Road, on the right when traveling west. Located in McFarland Park next to the Tennessee River. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Prehistoric Native Americans / Historic Native Americans
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(within shouting distance of this marker); First Muscle Shoals Canal / Second Muscle Shoals Canal (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florence Little League Baseball (1951) (approx. 0.3 miles away); Florence Indian Mound (approx. 0.4 miles away); Removal (approx. 0.4 miles away); Culture (approx. 0.4 miles away); Adaptation (approx. 0.4 miles away); Continuity (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
McFarland Park and Recreation Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2009
2. McFarland Park and Recreation Area
McFarland Park and Recreation Area Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Sandra Hughes, July 23, 2009
3. McFarland Park and Recreation Area Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. This page has been viewed 2,549 times since then and 131 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 9, 2010, by Sandra Hughes Tidwell of Killen, Alabama, USA. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.

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