Arrive at the SC State House, The Capital Building of South Carolina. General William T. Sherman and his Union army captured the State Capital on February 17, 1865 and it was destroyed by fire.
It’s intriguing history is showcased by way of both a guided tour as well as a historical film shown in the State House Theater.
The State House Gift Shop makes an excellent stop to purchase an array of items reminiscent of South Carolina to help commemorate a lovely trip to the capitol.
Suggested Tour Times: Building only, 2 hours.
Building & Grounds 2 ½ to 3 hours.
Enjoy a tasty lunch in Columbia’s oldest restaurant dating back to 1788. Villa Tronco is full of local history. This World War II-era spot is the oldest restaurant that can confirm continuous operation in a state that dates back to 1788. An Italian joint, it was originally opened by a family who wanted Italian-American soldiers training at Ft. Jackson to enjoy a little home cooking.
After lunch, enjoy a walk around the SC Governor's Mansion. Located on nine acres of land in the heart of the Historic District of Columbia. Tour 2 additional historical homes also located on the grounds, The Lace House and The Caldwell-Boylston House.
Relax and unwind with a great dinner at the Blue Marlin Restaurant, located in the Congaree Vista in the historic 1904 Seaboard Air Line Passenger Depot, which is on the National Historic Registry.
Historic Columbia offers House Tours of 4 well known families, Woodrow Wilson’s Childhood home, The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and The Mann-Simons Site. Garden Tours, Driving Bus Tours, Walking Tours, and Neighborhood Tours may also be arranged based upon your group’s desires.