Historic Sites



Every city has its own unique feel and vibe, which is determined by a number of things. The local historic sites are no doubt one of the largest contributing factors to the aura that surrounds a city. When in Columbia, users recommend paying a visit to USC Horseshoe, in the University Of South Carolina area to get a feel for what truly makes up the city.




One of the four house museums under the management of preservation group Historic Columbia (the others are Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Robert Mills House and Park, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home), this mansion was built in 1818,...  Read More




One of the four house museums under the management of preservation group Historic Columbia (the others are Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Cottage, and Robert Mills House and Park), this late 19th century home is where the...  Read More


Robert Mills House


One of the four house museums under the management of preservation group Historic Columbia (the others are Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Cottage, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home), this gracious 1823 home was built by...  Read More




One of the four house museums under the management of preservation group Historic Columbia (the others are Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Robert Mills House and Park, and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home), this historic 1850 cottage was...  Read More


Taylor Burial Ground

Thomas Taylor, Columbia's founding father, was laid to rest at this spot. The Taylors donated the land from their sprawling plantation to begin the city some 200 years ago.


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University Of South Carolina


This beautiful tree-lined mall is the site of the original campus of the University of South Carolina. Still home to several campus buildings, most of them dating back a century, the wide-open green is usually full of students reading, talking,...  Read More


Waverly Historic District

Picturesque and walkable, the neighborhood between Benedict College and the University of South Carolina was the city's first suburb. Over the decades it became a hub for African-American arts, education and civil rights activism. The...  Read More


Governor's Green


This lush and well-manicured tract in the heart of Columbia contains the Governor's Mansion (circa 1855), the Caldwell-Boyston House (1830), and the Lace House (1854). There is also a gift shop on the premises.


The Big Apple


With its unique architecture and storied past, this is a favorite Columbia attraction. The 1916 building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was once Fat Sam's and then the Big Apple Dance Club. Though historians...  Read More


Adluh Flour Company


At this location since 1900, Adluh Flour Company has been owned by the Allen family since 1926, and is the only such mill in the state still in operation. They make flour and grits from SC-grown wheat and corn – several local restaurants use...  Read More


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