Southern Stays: The Willcox Hotel
by Caroline Eubanks
on May 18, 2016
in Aiken, hotels, South Carolina
Southern Stays is a series in which we will review a property, whether it be a hostel, hotel or other form of accommodation.
Aiken, South Carolina became a vacation spot for Europeans and Americans in the late 1800s. The Willcox Hotel was established in 1900 by Englishman Frederick Willcox and quickly became a “winter colony” for the wealthy. A few years prior, the Highland Park, a luxury hotel nearby, burned down and their patrons were looking for a new place to stay. The hotel fell on hard times in World War II when people weren’t traveling for leisure and it closed in the 1950s. But locals saved and reopened it in 1985. For full article, read here.