Saturday, August 04, 2012

Historic Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbia, South Carolina

One of the most impressive structures in Columbia, South Carolina is the historic Trinity Episcopal Church. It is the oldest surviving sanctuary in the city. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The structure is impressive.

Standing in front of it, I could not help but feel that you are on the front steps of God's house. It was impossible for us to walk away without being in awe of the faith of those who carefully created this inspiring structure.

It now goes by the name of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. You can find it on Sumter Street between Gervais and Senate Streets. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is still an active worship center in Columbia. With a nod to modern technology, sermons can be downloaded online. The schedule for services at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral are also on the church website.

It is interesting to note that this impressive structure survived the Civil War. This was one of a handful of buildings that was not burned by Union Soldiers under the command of General Sherman. The history of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral records that the rectory and other buildings were lost but the main building was spared. Perhaps it's imposing presence touched the soul of one of the most feared leaders of the Civil War?

The historic cemetery is adjacent to the church. It is the final resting place of congressmen, Confederate soldiers, common people, Revolutionary War heroes and other leaders.

Hubby and I were able to stroll the sidewalk in front of the church and the grounds. Hopefully, next time we'll be able to join the congregation in worship.

Other articles that you may enjoy include the General Maxcy Gregg birthplace marker. This commemorates the birthplace of one of the Confederate generals. Another article is my choices for the Top road trip drives in the South. It is suggested reading for anyone who wants to more fully explore this area of the country.