Finally a shuttle between Columbia and Charlotte
Ft. Jackson's Basic Training Graduation every Friday. Columbia Charlotte Shuttle is becoming increasingly popular. It's a van service that will pick you up at your house and bring you straight to the Charlotte Airport. It only costs $49 per person, each way. Kids are half price. With the price of gas, this service makes it much easier to get between Columbia and CLT. www.columbiacharlotteshuttle.com
Greyhound is another inexpensive option to get to CLT. It takes a little while to get there, but if the timing works out, it is very reasonably priced.
The 'Cocks play at "the Graveyard." Yep, that's right, the team's soccer stadium, which is actually called Eugene E. Stone III Stadium (a USC alum, who donated the funds to build the stadium), is also referred to by this somber nickname. It's called the Graveyard, because of its close proximity to the House of Peace Cemetery.
If you come to a game here, make sure you sit on the west side bleachers where the home fans will be (the west side has about 4000 of the 5700 seats). Check out the website below to get more info and team schedules.
south carolina state house
pictured is shell damage to the south carolina state house by general sherman's troops when they passed through columbia in 1865. ten shots were fired on the capitol and today the damage is designated by brass stars. the damage to the state house was minimal and the only purpose of the shelling was to insult the people of south carolina.
the seibels house was built in the 1790's and is considered the oldest home in columbia. prior to 1860 this house was bought by the seibels family. the seibels house escaped destruction by union general sherman's troops during the burning of columbia. the seibels house is listed on the national register of historic places and is open to the public by tour. for tour information see the attached website.
Inside the State House
On the first level, you'll see these large, native granite columns and a beautiful marble floor.
From the first level lobby, you can ascend the twin staircases which are intricately carved and lined with artwork with South Carolina themes.
Just below the false dome on the main level (second floor) of the State House is this statue of John C. Calhoun.
On the main level, all of the area rugs and borders are decorated with stylized palmetto themes to represent one of the state's enduring symbols.
The Senate Chamber is located on the left side (when facing Gervais Street) of the main level. The Sentate desk and Rostrum originally cost the taxpayers around $3000 to have hand carved by the Columbia Lumber Company. Today it is valued at over a half million dollars!
The House Chamber is on the opposite side of the main lobby. Whenever the House is in session, the Sergeant-at-Arms places a beautiful mace on a rack on the rostrum in front of the Speaker. The mace remains there until recess or adjournment.
This is a shot of the video room where you'll be introduced to the history and architectural details of the State House.