Columbia, South Carolina


We visited the Capitol building in Columbia, South Carolina.  There was lots of parking in the down town area.  The building was started in the 1850’s, but the construction was slowed due to the Civil War.  An invasion by General William Sherman in 1865 severely disrupted progress.  You can see where the state house was damaged by cannon fire.  Little work was done on the Capitol until 1885 and the building was not fully completed until 1907.  The columns on the porticoes are each carved from a single piece of stone.  They may be the largest monolithic columns in a public building in the United States.  The original arched ceiling is constructed of handmade brick. We ascended the wrought iron staircases which incorporate the state flower the yellow jasmine to the gallery level.   This is the first Capitol we have visited where both the House of Representatives and the Senate were in session while we were there.  We saw them voting.  The house uses electronic voting while the Senate uses verbal yah and nay.  One of the students in our tour group was the son of a Representative so he got to go down on the floor with his dad which was neat to see.

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  1. Brigitte Garrison

    What a wonderful experience the children and yourselves are getting. Nothing to match the traditional schooling.

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