Monday, August 06, 2012

Chestnut Cottage Columbia, South Carolina

Chestnut Cottage in Columbia, South Carolina was another historic stop that we spotted on our walk. The marker indicates that it was temporarily the home of General and Mrs. James Chestnut. It was here that Mary Boykin Chesnut penned A Diary From Dixie.The book is widely considered to be one of the finest literary works of the Civil War.

Chestnut Cottage historic marker
The Chestnuts were known for their hospitality to the Confederacy elite. One of the groups to have taken advantage of the hospitality was the Confederate President Jefferson Davis (to whom Mrs. Chestnut served as an aide) and his staff.

It was upon the steps of the circa 1850 house that Confederate President Jefferson Davis addressed the citizens of Columbia, South Carolina.

Chestnut Cottage
The Chestnut Cottage is now a unique bed and breakfast. Period antiques and Civil War artifacts are key features of the inn. It is at 1718 Hampton Street in Columbia, South Carolina.

The street itself is wide,  tree lined and proved to be a good place for an afternoon stroll.

Other historic sites and markers that we enjoyed are:
Confederate printing plant marker in historic Columbia, SC
General Maxcy Gregg birthplace marker; Columbia, South Carolina
Confederate printing plant marker in historic Columbia, SC

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