1918 FIRE TRUCK IS MOVED TO WATERS BLDG. UNDER CARE OF COUNTY MUSEUM
An antique 1918 Seagrave Pumping Engine and Hose Cart, owned by the City of Florence was moved last Thursday from the Joseph E. McKain Station on Palmetto Street into the historic Waters Building at 135 South Dargan Street. The first two floors of the Waters Building will serve as an extension to the new Florence County Museum next door. The engine will provide the museum the opportunity to interpret the role of fire fighting, fire safety and fire prevention. The engine will not only help educate our school children, but also be of interest to tourists and visitors to downtown Florence and Florence County, said Andrew Stout, museum director.
The Waters Building is 100 years old this year, so it seems fitting that it should be home to the 96 year old fire truck, Stout said. The Waters Building Museum Extension is a partnership between the City of Florence, Florence County and the Waters Building LLC. The space will help further the mission of the museum by providing a changing exhibit gallery for local and regional artists, as well as a Florence Focus Gallery, with additional educational and storage space. The space will open to the public along with the grand opening of the Florence County Museum at 111 West Cheves Street early this fall.
The first floor and second story balcony of the Waters Building adds about 15,000 square feet to the Florence County Museum, said Stout. The $11.7 million new museum totals 27,000 square feet. “Feasibility studies and strategic planning have shown that since 1952, the museum needed 50,000 square feet to successfully operate and fulfill its mission, and this gives us that added space that we need,” Stout commented. The Waters Building is under renovation and expected to be completed soon. It will house the law offices of Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd P.A. and King, Love and Smith Law Firm, as well as the financial consulting firm Hilliard Lyons.