Capital City/Lake Murray Country Area Is Rich with History and Adventure

Jerry Blackwelder

Columbia, Lake Murray and the surrounding counties of Lexington, Richland, Newberry and Saluda offer unique field trip adventures in the area known as the “Jewel of South Carolina.”

Here are a few of the many venues awaiting your students:

Woodrow Wilson Family Home, Columbia

South Carolina’s only Presidential historic site is at the entrance to the Robert Mills Garden District in Columbia. The Reconstruction-era home was home to  a 14-year-old boy named Woodrow Wilson who would later go on to lead the United States during World War I.

African-American History Monument, State House Grounds, Columbia

The sculpted monument was the first of its kind to be located on a state house grounds. A dozen scenes trace the history of African Americans from slavery to today.

Lexington County Museum, Lexington

An unforgettable experience is waiting for your students at the Lexington County Museum. The museum complex covers seven acres and contains three dozen historic buildings. Included are the original Lexington County post office, the oldest house in the county, an old schoolhouse and a 10-room plantation home from 1832. Exhibits focus on locally made artifacts like quilts and furniture.

Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia

Riverbanks is home to 2,000 animals representative of more than 350 species from around the world. A variety of programs are available for all grade levels that meet South Carolina Science Academic standards and engage your students in student-centered learning.

EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia

EdVenture is best known as  home to the world’s largest 10-year-old boy. Forty-foot tall Eddie greets students as they enter the museum and invites them to climb inside his body to see his brain and heart to learn how the body works. The museum offers teachers a variety of programs to enhance classroom learning.

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