The Florence attorney and history buff with Willcox, Buyck & Williams tells us what’s good in the neighborhood
BEST PLACE TO TAKE A NEW CLIENT - Victors restaurant in Hotel Florence, which is just a block away from my office.
FAVORITE HISTORICAL SITE - The Confederate Stockade. When the Yankees were approaching and Andersonville was evacuated, they put the prisoners on trains, brought them to Florence and quickly put up a stockade in September 1864. It’s where prisoners were kept until the end of the war in 1865, and a number of them died here. As a result, right across the street there’s a national cemetery.
BEST PLACE TO REFLECT - We have a magnificent county library. It rivals, architecturally, New York’s Public Library. It’s named after Drs. Bruce and Lee, two famous doctors in Florence who owned the hospitals.
FAVORITE ANNUAL EVENT - The Carolina-Clemson football game, the Carolina Cup steeplechase race in Camden, and whatever bowl game the Gamecocks are playing in.
FAVORITE PLACE TO VACATION - A cottage in Pawleys Island. We go there with our three children and grandchildren.
FAVORITE SPORTS VENUE - Williams-Brice Stadium. I was there yesterday to meet and introduce to the press a new football coach, Will Muschamp; and I’m the chairman of the Intercollegiate Athletics Committee of the USC Board of Trustees. I also love the Inn at USC. We go there when I have meetings or we’re there for games.
FAVORITE HISTORICAL RESIDENT - Melvin Purvis practiced in my law firm when he first graduated from law school, and then he went on to be head of the Chicago bureau of the FBI. He’s credited with killing John Dillinger at the Biograph Theater when Dillinger was fingered by the lady in red.
FAVORITE ARTS VENUE - We have a magnificent little theater, as well as the wonderful Florence County Museum, both of which were financed by the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation. I serve on that foundation board. My wife played Maria in The Sound of Music and Anna in The King & I, and I certainly enjoyed both of those.
FAVORITE WATERING HOLE - Florence Country Club, and they have excellent food, too.
MOST BEAUTIFUL SPOT - The Atlantic Ocean from the deck of my beach cottage.
BEST PLACE FOR A SROLL - Jeffries Creek Park. It’s about four blocks from my house, and I walk down there to the creek that runs through the park.
FAVORITE SPOT TO GO WITH YOUR WIFE - The Springdale Hall Club in Camden.
FAVORITE PLACE OUTSIDE OF FLORENCE - I love going to Charleston—I have a son who practices law there—and there are many nice places: The Mills House, Charleston Place hotel, and Carolina Yacht Club.