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There would be no present without a past. There would be no Clemson Tigers, no “solid orange,” no academics, no graduates, no research and no buildings on the grounds of this university without Thomas Green Clemson and his wife Anna Calhoun Clemson.

History is important because it defines our past, which, in turn, is tied to our future. This Tiger tells the story of the Clemsons, the Calhouns and others whose visions continue to be realized through this university.

Through artifacts, memorabilia and historical structures, this Tiger and his staff share memories, traditions and a legacy that defines past and future generations.

Meet Will Hiott.

Title: Director, Historic Properties
Years at Clemson: 26

What I do at Clemson: Director and curator for Fort Hill: Home of John C. Calhoun and Thomas G. Clemson, and for the Historic Hanover House (c1716).  Historic preservationist, museum manager, and educator. Adjunct Instructor of History. Currently working on preservation plans for Hopewell: Home of General Andrew Pickens.

What I love about Clemson: People: students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. Places: a picturesque campus with rich historic and cultural resources, such as the Experimental Forest with its Revolutionary War battlefields, treaty sites, and antebellum home sites and cemeteries.

Accomplishment I’m most proud of: Restoration of Fort Hill in 2000-2003, Relocation of Hanover in 1994, Preservation planning for Hopewell: Home of General Andrew Pickens. Current porch restoration with assistance from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).

Special events such as Legacy Day and the team who helps put it on each year. Student interns who have gone on to work in museums, archives, and historic sites. Over the years, some have returned with their spouses and children to visit where they worked as students and it’s great to hear about their accomplishments and how I might have helped their careers in some small way.

Where I see myself in five years: At an office in a renovated interpretive center for Fort Hill possibly in the Trustee House. Historic Preservation plans for Hopewell restoration completed. Also, making college payments for three sons with my wife Sue, who works in Special Collections.

Last thing I watched on TV: G.I. Jane on CMT. I am a sap for Hallmark Channel especially around Christmas. Enjoy the home improvement shows such as Property Brothers, Flip or Flop or some similar HGTV programs. Always intrigued by Strange Inheritance, American Pickers, and Pawn Stars.

 Guilty pleasure:  Watching Impractical Jokers episodes back to back. Crazy show with improbable situations. Reminds me in some ways of some of my old friends, but not really!

And another odd pleasure is reading Nicholas Sparks novels. Most of the scenes are in the Carolinas, so it is always interesting to see how areas are described in text.

In my free time, I enjoy visiting second-hand stores. You never know what you will find and one person’s trash is another one’s treasure. Either way you are contributing to support the charity.

One thing most people don’t know about me:  I have completed over fifty graduate course hours at Clemson University in Higher Education Leadership, Parks Recreation and Tourism Management, and Public Policy and still hope to complete a Ph.D. Took a little break and hope to return once our three sons finish high school.

More people probably don’t know I am the youngest of seven children. I have five older sisters and one brother.

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