Historic Columbia Foundation Tours

1616 Blanding ST Historic Columbia Foundation
Columbia, SC 29201


The following tours are for groups only: Sacred Sites Walking Tour - Experience Columbia's rich religious history through this walking tour of six downtown churches and one former synagogue. Main Street Columbia - This walking tour offers over 150 years of architectural evolution from the Capitol to the Courthouse. Homeplaces, Workplaces and Resting Places: African American Sites Tour This tour includes 25 significant African-American heritage sites in Columbia, highlighting important events and contributions from 1786 to present day. Included are the Mann-Simons Cottage, Benedict College and the Waverly Historic District. A step-off at the South Carolina State House is included to view the African-American monument commemorating the contributions of African Americans to the state's history. Historic Heart of Columbia Tour - Offers informative and entertaining stories about the Palmetto State's capital, the nation's first planned state capital. Includes such landmarks as the Historic Horseshoe of the University of South Carolina, the State House, the Robert Mills Historic District, the Governor's Mansion Complex,and 19th-century churches. From Homefront to Battleground: Columbia's Civil War -This step-on tour tells the story of Columbia during the Civil War years. Columbia was deemed one of the liveliest towns in the Confederacy because it was sheltered from direct action until February 1865. Included in the tour are sites related to the Articles of Succession, Jefferson Davis, Mary Boykin Chestnut, Civil War hospitals, Arsenal Academy (now the Governor’s Mansion), and the State House.

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1616 Blanding ST Historic Columbia Foundation
Columbia, SC 29201

Phone: 803-252-1770


  • Admission : Determined by tour taken
  • Days and Hours of Operation : Tours are by reservation only 803-252-1770, ext. 24
  • Days and Holidays Closed : New Year's, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Checks Accepted
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