From the creation of Columbia by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1786, the site of Columbia was important to the overall development of the state. The Congarees, a frontier fort on the west bank of the Congaree River, was the head of navigation in the Santee River system. A ferry was established by the colonial government in 1754 to connect the fort with the growing settlements on the higher ground on the east bank. Like many other significant early settlements in colonial America, Columbia is on the fall line from the Appalachian Mountains. The fall line is the spot where rivers usually become difficult to navigate when sailing upstream, and is also the spot farthest downstream where falling water can usefully power a mill.
Capital of South Carolina, Columbia is the largest city in the state, established in 1786. It offers many museums, among them the EdVenture
Children’s Museum, a zoo, gardens and the annual State Fair, from which many proceeds go to scholarship foundations and grants to non-profit organizations. Fort Jackson Army Base, the Army’s largest training post is nearby as well as several colleges.
Look for special offers in various areas of Columbia, along with online deals that you can use at home.
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