Bus Tours

Please note our bus tours can be altered to give students the opportunity to step off the bus and take a more detailed tour of some of the highlighted sites. Sites available for tours include: Hampton-Preston Mansion, Mann-Simons Site, Modjeska Simkins House, Elmwood Cemetery, South Carolina State House and University of South Carolina. For more information regarding this tour option please contact Historic Columbia's Education Coordinator at 803.252.1770 x 26 or cgalens@historiccolumbia.org.

Homeplaces, Workplaces, Resting Places: African American Heritage Sites Tour

SC Social Studies Standards

  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.3, 2-1.4, 2-4.3
  • 3rd Grade: 3-4.1, 3-4.5, 3-4.6, 3-5.1, 3-5.5
  • 5th Grade: 5-1.4, 5-3.2, 5-5.3
  • 8th Grade: 8-1.4, 8-5.3, 8-7.2
  • High School: USHC-3.4, USHC-8.1

This bus tour of sites significant to Columbia's African American community, many of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is designed to highlight important events and little-known facts about African-American contributions made in the state's capital city from 1786 to the present. 

Tour Themes: African American History

Columbia's Civil War: From Homefront to Battleground Tour

SC Social Studies Standards

  • 3rd Grade: 3-4.3, 3-4.4, 3-4.5, 3-4.6
  • 4th Grade: 4.6-3, 4-6.4, 4-6.5
  • 5th Grade: 5-1.3, 5-1.4
  • 8th Grade: 8-4.3, 8-4.4, 8-4.5, 8-4.6
  • High School: USHC-3.1, USHC-3.2, USHC-3.3

On this bus tour, students learn about Columbia during the early years of the Civil War, the night of February 17, 1865 when thirty percent of the city’s structures were lost to fire, and rebuilding afterwards. They see Columbia’s many antebellum and Reconstruction era structures include churches, hospitals, armories, governmental buildings, private homes and memorials, and step-off at the State House to count the iron stars marking where Union cannonballs hit the building. Allow approximately 75 minutes for this tour.

Tour Themes: Civil War Era, Reconstruction, Architecture