Florence is a friendly little town nestled on the edge of the scenic Texas Hill Country. We are located on Highway 195 between Killeen and Georgetown with the lovely Salado Creek winding through. It is thirty-four miles north of Austin in northwestern Williamson County.
The site was settled in the early 1850’s and briefly called Brooksville but had become known as Florence by 1857, when its first post office was established. The origin of this name is uncertain: it may have derived from Florence, Alabama, an early home of the first postmaster, or it may refer to Florence Brooks, the daughter of the town’s first merchant.
Interesting facts about Florence
- Florence continues to maintain an atmosphere of quiet country living
- Florence has unique gift shops, antique stores, and even a vineyard.
- Salado Quarry owns and operates limestone and sandstone quarries to offer the highest quality natural stone in a variety of colors
- Hosts a Stone carving contest every April when stone carvers from across Central Texas will come together in Florence for a special on-site carving exhibition and auction to benefit the local library
- Florence is also proud to honor over 200 local veterans who were involved in foreign wars. These names are recognized on a War Memorial, built in 1989, which is located next to the Chamber of Commerce
- The Gault Site is one of the largest excavated sites of the Clovis culture (13,500) years ago) and a Texas State Archeological Landmark. Gault has more than 2 million artifacts, some of the earliest art and the oldest architecture in North America. Research continues and tours/speakers can be arranged
Come by tomorrow to find out some facts about our next stop at Geneva!!