Those bronze stars aren’t just for decoration


Here’s an interesting tidbit of information. If you’re walking around the South Carolina State House and you notice random bronze stars on the outside of the building, the architect didn’t make a mistake. And, no, they weren’t decorating either. Every bronze star you see on the exterior of the South Carolina State House is where a cannon ball smashed into the marble and stone during the Civil War (or the “War Between the States” as most people around here call it).

DSC_0248Yes, this is what we did today. We got an official tour of the South Carolina State House, starting with a video and then in person by a very kind southern gentleman. It took 52 years for this state house’s construction to be complete, mainly because of the war and because of the poverty that followed it. The state house is truly a beautiful building with a lot of really fascinating history and historical artifacts inside.

Downtown Columbia is also a really nice place to walk around. Much of its old town and/or downtown is very clean and well laid-out. It doesn’t really have a historic district, though, because at the beginning of the Civil War, General William T. Sherman burned it down … like twice.

 

We ate lunch at a local Columbia dining experience–the Lizard Thicket. I swear it’s in an old Grandy’s building. They serve old fashioned southern style meals. I got fried okra. I was a happy camper.

Then we wore ourselves out walking around, and afterward Sparky and I got to go to an event at Ethan and Charron’s church. The just call it Connections, and it’s a chance for people from the church from all ages to meet up and get to know each other better. Lots of very nice people and a lot of fun discussion.

Inside the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Columbia, SC

Inside the Mellow Mushroom in downtown Columbia, SC

After that, we went to a very interesting place to eat. It was a restaurant called Mellow Mushroom. Yeah, I was a little concerned about it too … but it turned out to be an AMAZING pizza and calzone place. Wow! Truly incredible food. And lots of it. Definitely recommended if you’re ever in this neck of the woods.

They were having a trivia bowl contest going on tonight, so that was fun. I think I was the only one who knew the name of Hester Prynne’s daughter … but that was the only literary question they asked. 😉

Sparky and I are meeting Ethan for breakfast across the street at the Cracker Barrel, and then we’re heading for home. Feels like this week has gone really fast.

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