Florence

Florence is a village in the northwestern portion of the city of Northampton, MA, close to Williamsburg and Leeds.
Some places of interest in Florence include: Look Park, which is the largest park in Florence and greater Northampton, with many amenities and attractions.

Pie Bar, Coopers Corner (which sells no cigarettes or lottery tickets, but has lots of healthy foods and a great deli, too), the Florence Sewing Machine Company (built by Sojourner Truth, now modern offices and businesses), Miss Florence Diner (a 1940, Art Deco-style diner on the National Historic Register), Florence Civic and Business Association (which does the Rag-Shag parade at Halloween, the Christmas parade, and Memorial Day parade, too). There are two triangular pocket parks with fountains, which have been rebuilt or renovated and paid for by local donations.

Some other great attractions include the David Ruggles Center, for early Florence History and Underground Railroad Studies, Sojourner Truth statue, Lilly Library (with newly built wing), Florence Hardware, and Salmon Studios, owned by Sam Ostroff, who does many of the innovative signs and sculptures around the area.

 

And who can forget, Brew Practitioners and Cafe Evolution, both in the old Florence Sewing Machine Factory complex. There's also the old the Arts and Industry building, one of New England's first adaptive reuse of an industrial complex, Cup and Top Café, and Collective Copies, where you'll always find a slew of books about Florence's rich history.

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#2: Stonehenge of Florence

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#5: More interesting oddities along the rail trail in Florence

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