Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Gaffney not just a ‘House of Cards’

Dr. Hudson was in Gaffney today, home of Francis “Frank” Underwood from the critically acclaimed TV series House of Cards. The show (which is hugely popular in China of all places) stars Kevin Spacey as fictional U.S. congressman who represents South Carolina’s 5th congressional district. Gaffney, and The Peachoid, played a significant role in the third episode of House of Cards and may well help in attracting tourists. Dr. Hudson was in the city to conduct hospitality training in the picturesque Visitor Center & Art Gallery (pictured below), one of numerous substantial Victorian buildings in the city. Preserving its history, the City of Gaffney acquired a grant to purchase the historic “old post office” in 2009.  During its “renovation” project, City officials, staff and contractors quickly changed its plans to be that of a “restoration” project, unveiling numerous architectural and ornate features of the original construction of 1913. The hospitality training was facilitated by the SmartState Center, but organized by the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor, which received a rural Enterprise Business Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.

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