219 apartments for rent in Florence, SC
Guide to Florence
Florence Apartments For Rent
If you want the perfect combination of southern charm, sophistication, and heritage then Florence is the city for you. Stretching across 17.7 square miles, Florence is the county seat of Florence County and has a population of more than 37,300 people. Florence retains its status as a major hub for industry and infrastructure, while also establishing itself as a regional center for business, medicine, culture and finance.
In the mid-19th century, the Wilmington and Manchester railroad and the intersecting Northeastern railroad were built. The president of the W & M railroad, Gen. W. W. Harllee, built his home at the junction of these two railroads and named the community Florence after his daughter. Florence was later chartered in 1871 and incorporated almost two decades later in 1890. Prior to its charter, the area was gradually settled through the early 20th century. Early settlers practiced subsistence farming and produced indigo, cotton, naval stores, and timber, which were shipped down the Pee Dee River to the port at Georgetown and exported.
During the Civil War Florence was an important supply and railroad repair center for the Confederate Army and the site of the Florence Stockade, which held up to 18,000 Union prisoners of war. Over 2800 of the prisoners died of disease and were buried in the present-day Florence National Cemetery. Following the end of the war, the prosperity and population of Florence grew at the hands of the railroad to supply its cotton, timber, and tobacco. During the 20th century, the city’s economy relied heavily on the healthcare industry, driven by two major hospitals and a number of pharmaceutical plants. After World War II, Florence became well known for textiles, pharmaceuticals, paper, manufacturing, and agricultural products.
Things to Do in Florence:
Every city has its own collection of attractions and things to see and do and this one is no different. There are many things to do in Florence. No, it’s not the largest city, but there is still much to keep your attention. The various museums, restaurants, shopping centers, and other great venues await you in Florence.
There are many opportunities for shopping in Florence. Shoppers come from all over the Pee Dee region to Florence for a wider range of shopping that includes many of the largest regional and national chains. Take a trip to Magnolia Mall, the largest shopping center between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, to shop at more than 70 stores including JC Penney, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Best Buy, and Barnes & Noble. Another major shopping center is the Florence Mall, which contains 340,506 sq. feet of retailers and eateries. Don’t forget about the Commons at Magnolia or the Plaza at Magnolia, which includes Kohl’s, David’s Bridal, and PetSmart.
With the role that Florence played in the Civil War, there are definitely some historic attractions to see here. Spend a few hours at the Florence Stockade and the Florence National Cemetery. As mentioned before they were used to hold and bury Union prisoners during the Civil War, but are now open to the public for walking tours and are listed on the National Register of Historic places. Get even more history with a visit to the War Between the States Museum. Founded in 1988 by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, this museum houses artifacts including guns, uniforms, armor, books, and even personal items.
There are hundreds of great restaurants in Florence. No matter what mood you’re in, you can be sure you’ll get a delicious meal. Enjoy appetizing American and seafood entrees and appetizers at places like The Peddler Steakhouse. Try some international cuisine from restaurants like Thai House & Sushi Bar or the Red Bowl Asian Bistro. Take your taste buds across the border to Las Palmas or Vallarta for Mexican cuisine. For some good ol’ country cooking, then you have to take a seat at Lizard’s Thicket. Stefano’s offers authentic Italian dishes for the residents of Florence.
What to Consider When Moving to Florence:
As with any other city, there are various elements of the city to consider before moving there. Before you begin the process of moving to Florence, you have to choose one of the many Florence apartments to call home, but you must also look at the interesting facts of the city, the economy, the school systems, and anything else you deem necessary.
The Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup races are held each year at the Darlington Raceway on the second weekend in April. Darlington is known as the track “Too Tough to Tame” and with two exciting races around the egg-shaped track, it’s sure to be an exciting weekend! The fun kicks off on Thursday evening at the Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Festival at the Florence Civic Center. You’ll get to enjoy games, food, live entertainment, a carnival area with race-themed activities for the kids, and a silent auction to benefit a local charity. After the festival you can line up along the 12-mile parade route to get pictures of your favorite driver’s hauler as they make their way to the track. On Friday night, see the Nationwide Series 200, then on Saturday night, see the legendary Southern 500.
If you have children then you’ll definitely need to know about the schools in the area. The Florence Public School District One is the governing body of the public schools in the area. This school system has 12 elementary schools, three middle schools, and three high schools. There is also an alternative school for middle and high school students, a vocational career center, an adult learning center, and two private schools. There are also four institutions for higher education in Florence for those who have graduated high school.
Florence has recently undergone a large redevelopment to its downtown area. Several notable projects have been completed, with several more planned to commence. The Downtown Redevelopment District was originally a 70-square-block area encompassing 500 acres of land in the heart of Florence. Now this district has added an additional 100 acres to the Timrod Park with its historic homes. The redevelopment efforts for downtown have created a new branding effort for the city as well to including new city department logos and repainting of water towers.
Why Florence Apartments Are Hot:
You’ll absolutely love living in any of the apartments in Florence you find on our site. With all that the city has to offer through its historic attractions, its national and local retailers, the variety of cuisines found in its eateries, you’ll be so glad you moved here. Take the time to choose your apartment carefully, but no matter which one you choose, you’ll still be in Florence. The Southern charm and sophistication you experience here will be like no other place you’ve ever lived.
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Nearby Colleges & Universities
- Florence-Darlington Technical College
- Francis Marion University
- Coker College
- Central Carolina Technical College
- Morris College
Nearby Military Bases
- Visit the home where W.C. Handy was born in 1873 – a small log cabin that is now a museum.
- The Florence Indian Mound and Museum is the site of the area’s largest domiciliary mound.
- Wilson Dam was built in the 1920s and once supplied power for WWI munitions plants.
- The Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts contains exhibits, galleries, education, and workshops.
- Downtown Florence hosts the Alabama Renaissance Faire, a medieval fair held in October.
- Parks include Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation and Cane Creek Canyon Nature Preserve.