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South Carolina State House

1100 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201, USA

The South Carolina State House, begun in 1855 and unfinished until after the Civil War, witnessed the Federal occupation of Columbia February 17-18, 1865. Union artillery batteries seeking to find their range fired on this building from across the Congaree River. Bronze stars mark the sites where these shells hit the state house. Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Federals also raised the United States flag over the unfinished building, looted the existing state house, and repealed the Ordinance of Secession. Several Civil War-related monuments are on the state house grounds.


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From Greenville SC: Follow I-385 S approximately 42.0 miles as it becomes I-26 E. Continue on I-26 E for approximately 55.9 miles. Take I-126 E / LESTER BATES FWY / US-76 E toward Columbia for 3.3 miles. Merge onto HUGER ST / US-176 E / US-21 S / US-321 S and continue for 1.0 mile. Turn LEFT onto GERVAIS ST / US-378 E / US-1 N and continue for 0.5 miles to ASSEMBLY and GERVAIS STREETS. Continue on Gervais Street to Main Street. The State House is located at the intersection of Gervais and Main Streets. Check website for directions from alternate locations.

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Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 5:00pm; tours available the first Saturday of each month.



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