Crews Break Ground For New Shoals Tourism Office

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Construction on a new visitor center is finally underway, thanks to the success of the tourism industry in the Shoals.

A construction site along the Tennessee River will soon be the gateway to the Shoals.

A state-of-the-art visitor's center will welcome guests and attract travelers from all over.

"To finally have the day when we have heavy equipment over there moving ground  and getting ready to build our new home, and a home indeed for the entire Shoals area is just absolutely exhilarating," said Lauderdale/Florence Tourism Director, Debbie Wilson.

Tourism leaders say the new facility in McFarland Park will have several exhibits that highlight attractions in the area.

Blueprints show rooms dedicated to things like the Helen Keller home and the W.C. Handy festival.

"It really is a kinda regional look of what we have in North Alabama and especially in Florence and Lauderdale County," said Wilson.

Construction is expected to take about 8 months.

Tourism leaders hope to move into the new building by the end of November.