It’s pretty nice to have a driving trip where I can choose where to go and what to see – and there is a lot to see in Columbia, SC if you are a history nut.
After lunch yesterday I asked Jason what his plans were – he said he was free and clear, and so I asked him if he would like to just wander downtown with his old mama.
I bet he never thought we’d end up in a church cemetery!
I love the church yard at Trinity Cathedral. Not only is the Cathedral beautiful itself with gorgeous stained glass windows and ancient towering live oak trees– but it has a very interesting history!
There are stones dating from the early 1800s as the church was founded in 1812.
Palms and live oaks stand sentinel over markers tall --as well as small.
There are several names in the church yard that are still prevalent names in and around Columbia today, as Ravenell.
The churchyard is the burial site for many noted South Carolinians:
American Revolutionary War generals Wade Hampton I and Peter Horry and Private Robert Stark; Wade Hampton II, who was a veteran of the War of 1812 and noted plantation owner; John Gabriel Guignard, who was surveyor of Columbia; Dr. Thomas Cooper, who was president of South Carolina College; Confederate generals States Rights Gist, Wade Hampton III, and John S. Preston; the poet Henry Timrod; Senator Preston; six South Carolina governors: Richard Irvine Manning I, John Lawrence Manning, Wade Hampton III, Hugh Smith Thompson, Richard Irvine Manning III, and James F. Byrnes; and eight bishops including Ellison Capers
One of the three large live oak trees in front of the Parish House.
At various times in the history of the Parish, three live oak trees were planted in the churchyard. The Sire Oak was planted in 1814 after the first church was built. The second was planted in 1900 after finishing the church. The third tree was planted in 1925 when the Parish House was finished. There is a wrought iron fence around the churchyard.
Some of my fondest memories of Trinity Cathedral involve singing in the Cathedral choir when I lived here---what a fabulous group of people. Music, more than anything (yes, even more than quilting!) feeds my soul ---and at some point when life slows down and I’m home enough to be able to do it, I’ll rejoin the choir in Winston Salem and once again feed that part of my soul that hungers for music.
If anyone is familiar with Civil War history –South Carolina was the first to succeed from the Union in 1860 and there was a lot of animosity toward South Carolina for the part it played in what would later become “The war between the states.” or as known to southerners “The War of Northern Aggression.” When Sherman marched through in February of 1865, he burned Columbia. There are very few historic buildings left from before this period in time.
Local tradition holds that laymen took down the Episcopal signs and put paper-mâché crosses on the roof when the Union Army entered Columbia on February 17, 1865. They felt that this might protect the church because General Sherman was Catholic.
The rectory burned in the fire, but the church survived.A photograph taken around 1862 shows a large cross at the peak of the gable on the front of the church.
In June 1865, the commander of the Columbia garrison of the Union Army ordered Rev. Shand to say the prayer for the president in the Book of Common Prayer, letting him know that a member of his staff would attend the service. When Shand began the prayer, the Parish members rose from their knees and did not say "Amen."
Trinity Cathedral, yesterday afternoon against a Carolina Blue sky!
I had a great afternoon wandering and chatting with my son ---we don’t get to do that often enough!
I’m heading out in a bit for a crazy day of a Scrappy Trips workshop with the Greater Columbia Quilters and others who have traveled from far and near to be here.
And afterwards ---a plan has evolved----it’s just as far to get to Quilt Villa from Columbia as it is to get to home near Winston Salem….so guess where I am going after the workshop is over??! You got it! I’m going to enjoy the rest of the weekend up in the Blue Ridge Mountains!
I’ve got Celtic Solstice to finish putting together…it’s all in rows and the rows are about half joined to each other ---and then there are borders. I’d love to see it completely assembled within the next few days –that’s the plan!
Oh, and if you missed it – you will now find the tab for Celtic Solstice at the top of the blog. I missed doing that Tuesday morning when I left for South Carolina, but it is there now.
Have a great weekend everyone!