Since Columbia’s 1786 founding, the grounds of the South Carolina State House have grown from a 4-acre site bounded by Richardson (Main), Gervais, Assembly, and Senate streets into a 22-acre complex featuring 7 buildings and more than 30 monuments. South Carolinians have constructed, altered, and reconsidered this space for more than 230 years—and continue to do so today. In a project funded by SC Humanities, Historic Columbia is exploring this site as an historic landscape – one that raises complex questions and encourages thoughtful consideration about what monuments in this public space represent.
Historic Columbia is offering three guided tours of the State House Grounds – Saturday, October 19 (10am); Saturday, December 7 (10am); and Sunday, December 15 (2pm).
Tours are free and open to the public; however, attendees are also asked to participate in a round table discussion on January 26, 27 or 28. These facilitated conversations will encourage participants to think critically about the monuments and discuss the future of the historic space. Tour numbers are limited and reservations are required.