Florence's Historic Treasures Featured In Upcoming Tour

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Some of Florence's most treasured historic buildings will be featured during the 23rd Annual Tour of Historic Florence from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 9.

Visitors will have the opportunity to tour private homes, public and commercial buildings constructed in all of the architectural styles found in Florence -- Sonoran adobes, Anglo-Sonoran Territorial, American Victorian, American Bungalow, and Mission Revival. Some of these buildings date back to the 1870s and 1880s when Florence served as the commercial center of activity for area silver mines, ranches, and farms.

In addition to learning about Florence's rich history, visitors can also check out the weekly farmers' market along historic Main Street. Other activities will include an antique and collectible sale at the Florence Woman's Club, the Rotary Club Book Sale and living history demonstrations at McFarland State Park. The Pinal County Historical Museum will host a lecture by Dr. Peter MacMillan Booth on "Riding the Range of Western Art."

Florence is located on Highway 79 between Phoenix and Tucson about an hour drive from each city. The tour begins at the Florence Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 291 N. Bailey Street and trolleys will provide transportation to tour sites at no additional cost. Admission is $10 in advance or $12 on the day of the tour; children younger than 18 years are free.

Visit www.florencemainstreet.com or call (800) 437-9433 for more information. Proceeds from the tour benefit downtown revitalization activities of the Florence Main Street Program.

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