We were recently in Columbia, SC to visit the state capitol. It is only about 8-9 miles from the campground where we stayed - the Army Travel Campground at Lake Weston Recreation Area.
Our drive from Fort Jackson Travel Campground to the downtown area was relatively short. We found a parking lot about two blocks away and entered the grounds from what seemed like the "back" off of Pendleton Street.
The first statue we saw commemorated Civil War general and South Carolinian Wade Hampton III.
Once inside the building, we made our way into a small auditorium along with a 3rd grade class on a field trip. We saw an 11-minute orientation film which provided a good summary of the highlights of the state and the State House.
Looking down from the stairway of the second floor, you could see the main entry way and a statue of on the South Carolina's statesman: John Calhoun.
After touring the inside we exited the building and walked around the other side of the grounds.
U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond began representing the state in Washington in 1954 until 2002 when he was succeeded by Lindsey Graham. Thurmond was the second longest serving member of the Senate. He was there 48 years.
A statue of Strom Thurmond is in the back of the 18 acres of the capitol grounds.
The replica is one of 55 Liberty Bells that were sent to U.S. capitols, Washington D.C. and U.S. territories as part of a Savings Bond drive called, "Save Your Independence."
Another fun part of the day was meeting a fellow RVer in the orientation film. He was there to see the state capitols and had been to 14. Talking with him caused us to think about how many we have seen:
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
It was fun to add another one to the list. And we'll be seeing more on our trip south in the next few weeks.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!