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    strom thurmond statue

    by doug48 Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    located on the grounds of the south carolina state house is the strom thurmond statue. strom thurmond (1902-2003) was a south carolina governor and u.s. senator. thurmond served in the u.s. senate from 1954 to 2003 and retired when he reached 100 years in age. in 1948 thurmond ran for president on the states rights democratic party ticket which had a segregationist platform. in 1925 thurman had an affair with his parent's black maid carrie butler who gave birth to essie may washington. thurmond financially supported his daughter until his death in 2003. after thurmond's death washington wrote "dear senator : a memoir by the daughter of strom thurmond". strom thurmond was married to jean crouch from 1926 until her death in 1960. in 1965 thurmond married former miss south carolina winner nancy moore when she was only 22 years old. they were married until thurmond's death in 2003. strom thurmond is a very interesting character in u.s. history.

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    hampton-preston house

    by doug48 Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    hampton-preston house

    the hampton-preston house was built by ainsley hall in 1818. it was bought by wade hampton in 1823. later wade hampton became a famous confederate civil war general and south carolina statesman. this house was the headquarters of union general j.a. logan during the occupation of columbia in 1865. later the hampton-preston house became a college for women.

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    mills house

    by doug48 Updated Dec 12, 2011

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    mills house

    the robert mills house was built in 1823 for the wealthy merchant ainsley hall. robert mills was a famous columbia architect who designed the washington monument in washington D.C. in 1831 the home was sold to the presbyterian theological society of columbia. joseph wilson, the father of president woodrow wilson was a minister there between 1872 and 1874.

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    university of south carolina

    by doug48 Updated Dec 12, 2011
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    the university of south carolina is a very nice place to visit for those interested in antebellum architecture and history. the usc campus has an excellent collection of greek revival, low country plantation style, and neo classical buildings. for more examples of usc campus architecture see my usc travelogue.

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    mc kissic museum

    by doug48 Written Dec 12, 2011
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    the mc kissick museum is located on the "horseshoe" on the campus of the university of south carolina. the beginnings of the mc kissick collection dates back to 1823 when the university purchased the mineral collection of naturalist thomas cooper. by the 20 th century the museums collections had expanded to include fine, folk, and decorative arts. the museum also hosts traveling art exhibitions. for admission and times see the attached web site.

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    koger center

    by doug48 Updated Jun 4, 2011

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    koger center for the arts

    the koger center for the arts is the cultural hub of columbia. the koger center hosts the USC dance company, the USC symphony and the South Carolina symphony. the world renown violist frank killian is a frequent performer at the koger center. check out the koger center website for schedule of events.

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    Hampton-Preston House

    by zrim Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Hampton-Preston Mansion

    Built in 1818 by Ainsley Hall and purchased by Wade Hampton I in 1823 (father of Civil War general and South Carolina statesman Wade Hampton). Upon Hampton Sr.'s death (at the time he was purported to be the wealthiest man in AMerica) the home was inherited by his daughter, Caroline Preston. During the Civil War it was used as a headquarters for General Logan. Briefly it was put to use as the governor's mansion and then served a 25 year stint as a women's college.

    The mansion was restored in 1969 and opened to the public in 1970. Tours are available Tuesday through Sunday.

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    McKissick Museum

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The McKissick Museum is located on the "handle" of the Horseshoe and was formerly the main campus library. It is named for J. Rion McKissick and his wife Caroline. McKissick served as the president of the university from 1936 until he died in 1944. Today the museum houses a rather uninspiring collection of Southern folk art, Baruch silver and some other historical artifacts . . . yawn, yawn. Wake me when it's over!

    My advice would be to skip this one, but if you insist, the hours are as follows:

    Tuesdays - Fridays, 9am to 4pm, Sundays 1pm - 5pm (open until 7 on Thursdays).

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    McKissick Museum

    by b1bob Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    McKissick Museum

    The McKissick museum features exhibits on art, science and regional hisory and folk art. Mark and I saw the Baruch silver collection and a few other exhibits on the first floor. We could only do that because there was some kind of symposium going on upstairs. Why can't they have these symposia in an auditorium instead of inconveniencing tourists? Did they think we would all be in Finlay Park for Kid's Day?

    The hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9am-4pm; Thursday 9am-7pm; Sunday 1-5pm.

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    confederate relic room

    by doug48 Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    confederate relic room

    the south carolina confederate relic room and military museum is an interesting place to visit when in columbia. the relic room houses an interesting collection of confederate flags, uniforms, and weapons from the civil war. the museum also hosts traveling exhibitions from museums from around the world.

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    Capitol building

    by Dabs Written Nov 3, 2010

    Columbia is the capital of South Carolina and in the center of downtown you will find the Capitol building. Once again, since it was Sunday, the building wasn't open but we strolled the grounds and had a peek at the lush interior from the outside.

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    Main Street

    by Dabs Written Nov 3, 2010

    We didn't have a lot of time to spend in Columbia so we stopped by the visitor center to see what they suggested doing for 1 1/2 hours that we had to kill before heading to the airport. She suggested the free art museum but it was a lovely afternoon and we were heading back to temperatures in the 40s back home so she gave us a walking guide to Main Street with it's interesting buildings that mostly date to the late 1800s, early 1900s. Since it was Sunday, nothing, and I mean absolutely nothing, was open but we strolled the length of the street and read the descriptions in the walking guide.

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    general wade hampton statue

    by doug48 Updated Dec 22, 2009

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    located on the grounds of the south carolina state house is a statue of wade hampton. hampton was a celebrated confederate civil war general. wade hampton became south carolina's first governor after reconstruction. hampton served as governor from 1876 to 1879 and was considered "the savior of south carolina" for leading the state out of the hardship and terror of the reconstruction decade. hampton became south carolina's united states senator in 1879.

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    columbia museum of art

    by doug48 Written Jul 2, 2009

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    columbia museum of art

    the columbia museum of art is located on main street in downtown columbia. the museum hosts traveling exhibitions of modern art and photography. see the attached web site for current exhibitions and times.

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    mann simons house

    by doug48 Written Jul 2, 2009

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    mann simons house

    the mann simons house was bought by celia mann prior to the civil war. celia mann was a freed slave and one of a few free blacks to own property in south carolina. the mann simons house was owned by decendants of celia mann well into the late 20 th century. the mann simons house is listed on the national register of historic places and is open to the public by tour. see the attached web site for tour information.

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