Initially settled by Irish immigrants in 1889 and later followed by German settlers, Florence was originally known as One Horse. This must have been an attempt at irony as this bustling community included a general store, blacksmith, railroad station and as many as a hundred carloads of wheat coming through a day. Today more than a 1,000 people call it home.
The Bitterroot Valley is home to several craft breweries and wineries. Craft breweries of various sizes dot the valley from Darby to Stevensville. Many of the beers brewed here have won regional and national awards. Beers can be taken home in growlers and a few of the local beers can be found in stores as well. Some of the breweries such as Bandit, Blacksmith and Bitter Root host live music on certain days of the week.
Once June arrives in the Bitterroot Valley it`s festival time! It seems like every week there`s another fun community event, festival, farmer`s market or fair. These are the activities that visitors to the area just love, and people get such a kick out of experiencing small town Montana at these gatherings.