South Carolina State House, 1100 Gervais St., was constructed 1855-1907 and features a copper dome, original marble floors, cast-iron stairs and balcony supports, stained glass windows and portraits of notable statesmen. Six bronze stars on the exterior walls mark the spots struck by Gen. William T. Sherman's Union Army cannonballs during the Civil War.
The 18-acre capitol complex encompasses landscaped grounds appointed with 25 monuments, including statues of George Washington, Civil War general Wade Hampton, and Sen. Strom Thurmond; a replica of the Liberty Bell; and a memorial to African-American history. A self-guiding tour brochure is available. Guided tours begin with a 15-minute film about the building's history and architecture.
Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat. 10-4. Guided tours depart hourly Mon.-Fri. 9:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30 (also on the hour during legislative sessions), Sat. at 10:30 and 1:30. Closed major holidays. Phone ahead to confirm schedule. Allow 1 hour minimum.