The Town of Florence is the community seat for Florence County in northern Wisconsin. The community had a population of 2,487, as recorded in the 2010 census. The town was named after Florence Hulst, the wife of N.P. Hulst, as a reward for his success in the iron ore mining industry of the late 1870s. The name was applied to the iron mine, then to the town and the county.
One of its citizens, Charles White Whittlesey, was a Medal of Honor recipient in World War I.
The area is known for its natural beauty, where people enjoy the lakes for swimming, paddling, fishing, and boating, and the woods for trail rides of all sorts. The forested trails are open to hike, bike, ATV, ride horseback, cross-country ski, snowmobile or snowshoe.
The Florence School District is the home of the Bobcats. One of the “fabulous” things happening in the Florence School District is its Fab Lab. The fabrication laboratory is a small-scale workshop offering personal digital fabrication. With two 3D printers, a mill, cutter, engraver, plasma cam and CNC router, the Fab Lab provides hands-on experience in engineering design to prepare for careers in high demand.
The Florence Middle/High School is located at 425 Olive Avenue, Florence, and the Elementary School is located at 5844 Bill Anderson Drive, in Florence. “We Positively Affect the Lives of Children” is the district’s motto.