Florence National Cemetery

803 E. National Cemetery Rd., Florence, South Carolina


Florence National Cemetery, Main Entrance

South Carolina Department of Archives and History

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During the Civil War, one of the largest prisoners of war camps was located in Florence, just south of present-day Florence National Cemetery, which was established in 1865. Early graves were originally marked by headboards, properly lettered, which were later replaced with upright marble headstones. Florence National Cemetery is significant as important component of the multiple property submission of Civil War Era National Cemeteries and for its association with the Civil War. The cemetery is also significant beyond the Civil War era, as it includes the remains of veterans associated with every war and branch of service who have served their country since the Civil War. The main entrance to the north side is protected by double iron gates supported by brick piers and a pedestrian gate on the right side. A second pedestrian gate is located to the west of the main gate. The grounds were originally enclosed by a four-bar fence that was replace in 1877 with a brick wall. The entrance to the south side of the cemetery contains two brick columns and is enclosed by wrought-iron fencing. The brick and concrete administration/utility building, constructed in 1906, is located to the east of the main entrance and contains public restrooms. A brick and concrete rostrum, 15 feet by 11 feet 4 inches, with wrought-iron railing, was constructed in 1938. Listed in the National Register October 19, 1997 - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on January 5, 1998
Reference number
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1925-1949; 1900-1924; 1875-1899; 1850-1874
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing structures: 3
Contributing sites: 1
Contributing objects: 2
Non-contributing objects: 1

Update Log 

  • September 5, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Street View" and Imported Photo
  • September 5, 2014: Photo imported by Michael Miller