Tales on the Town is a downtown scavenger hunt which celebrates Hartsville’s art, history, education and economic development.
The project was created by the Leadership Hartsville Class of 2013 and inspired by Brittany and Bennett Joyce.
Tales on the Town is made up of 14 bronze fox sculptures spread among many important sites all around downtown Hartsville. Can you find them all? This is the story behind the red foxes, and the clues listed here can guide you to their locations.
Many years ago, 13 little foxes lived in a warm, safe foxhole. The foxhole was deep in Burry Park. The wise Hart fox watched over the little foxes. The little foxes were very safe in Burry park. However, the little foxes wanted to play in their favorite place – downtown Hartsville.
Day after day the little foxes asked to go play. And day after day the wise Hart Fox told them no.
“There is traffic, and noise, and children who will pull your tails!” said Hart Fox.
However, the little foxes knew that they were meant to be downtown – in the hustle and bustle of their city.
Many days passed. Finally, Hart Fox decided that they could go downtown. “However,” said Hart fox, “we must protect you from cars, weather and poking-playful children. I know! We’ll turn you into statues! This way you can always be downtown, but also be safe.”
The wise Hart fox had each of the little foxes pick their favorite place in the City. To this day each fox sits in its little spot. Now the little foxes are safe and happily enjoying Hartsville. Can you find them all? They’d love to show you around their city.
- Rafferty Red Fox likes to spend time with our Mayor. He can always tell you what time it is by looking at the big, tall clock on the corner.
- Roxy Red Fox likes to stay up late and drink coffee – even at Midnight!
- Raymond Red Fox loves to learn. You’ll find him guarding the gates of our local college.
- Royce Red Fox thinks that his cottage home is the most important part of Hartsville.
- Ramona Red Fox enjoys telling stories – especially about Hartsville! Find her and learn more about the history of our City.
- Roberta Red Fox loves to see a good “performance” – she even has a special seat!
- Rainey Red Fox watches over your money, outside of a former hotel that is over 100 years old!
- Raphael Red Fox likes to paint and gather with other art lovers.
- Riordan Red Fox can be found where the bookworms shop for bestsellers.
- Rosa Red Fox likes to smell the flowers at the park that marked Hartsville’s 100th birthday.
- Rikki Red Fox used to shop for hats at the old Coker Department Store. Now she watches people exercise!
- Ripley Red Fox is very fast. He likes to race around the path in the Vista near the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics.
- Reese Red Fox sits near the grass and looks at the names of the heroes of Hartsville.
- Hart Red Fox keeps a watchful eye on the fox hole where her little foxes run and play.
Stumped? See the answers for the sculpture locations.
The Tales on the Town installation is a project of the 2013 class of Leadership Hartsville, a program of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce. The project was made possible with the following sponsors and contributors.
Bunky and Lyn Joyce
City of Hartsville
Karl H. and Jo Ann Smith
Sonoco Products Company
SPC Credit Union
Florence-Darlington Technical College
Coldwell Banker Segars McMillan
Mutual Savings Bank
Best Overall Design Contest Winner (Sculpture concept)
John Byrd, Hartsville High School
Best Cartoon Design Contest Winner (Logo concept)
Claire Brown, Hartsville High School
Brittany and Bennett Joyce