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South Carolina’s capital city is home to a variety of renowned restaurants, all of which bring something unique and exciting to the table. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite downtown or dinner reservations with a view of the South Carolina State House, Columbia has you and your appetite covered.


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Are you looking for your South Carolina ancestors? Here's how to start

Information about births and deaths going back four and five generations can be difficult to locate. But that’s where the local chapters of the genealogical society can help by providing guidance and resources.

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Hike at Kalmia Gardens

Six miles of trail run along Black Creek and connect with neighboring Segars-McKinnon Heritage Preserve at Kalmia Gardens of Coker College. It’s not only a great place for hiking - it’s home to the tallest American Beech in South Carolina.

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Visit Indian Field Methodist Campground

Indian Field Methodist Campground outside St. George in Dorchester County is the state’s largest Methodist campground. Its history stretches back to the evangelical revival movement that swept cross America in the early 1800s.

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Take a Break in St. George

The good folks in St. George believe in the old real estate phrase: “Location, location, location.” They are positioning their quiet little town as the perfect stopover for weary travelers. It’s the perfect break from the tiring drive up I-95.

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Walk the Historical Grounds of Colonial Dorchester

The historical grounds of Colonial Dorchester include ruins of old churches and a colonial fort that date back to the 17th century. Walking through the park, it’s easy to imagine the village bustling with life during market days long ago.

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Chester's History

The quiet town of Chester is a history buff’s dream - from Monument Square, “the heart of the city,” at the top of the Hill to the business district down in the Valley. Most of the structures downtown were built between 1870 and 1900.

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Visit Lancaster's Historic Kilburnie

Kilburnie, the Inn at Craig Farm is a study in control and balance. The historic Lancaster home, built in 1828, is now a bed and breakfast after being meticulously restored to its original beauty.

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Sweet Catherine's in Fountain Inn

Sweet Catherine’s distinctively “sassy southern” style is all over its menu - fried green tomatoes, Grandma Velma’s trio of pimento cheese, chicken salad and pan-seared cheddar grits. The two-story restaurant is an absolute gem worth visiting.

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