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Drayton Hall in Charleston
Drayton Hall, Charleston
(photo courtesy of Drayton Hall)

The championship golf courses of Hilton Head, the cobblestone streets of genteel Charleston, the clean, crisp air of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the grand historic plantations dotting the countryside - these are just a sample of what visitors can expect in South Carolina.

To experience the "Old South," one must travel to South Carolina, where horse-drawn carriage rides and untouched marshland can still be found, where nothing compares to antique shopping and the freshest catch-of-the-day.

South Carolina's great Southern hospitality and historic attractions continue to impress visitors to Columbia, the state's capital. Columbia is the state's center for military, academic, government and business life, complete with ample meeting space and accommodations. Business travelers can relax by strolling through the South Carolina State Museum or by touring the Riverbanks Zoo & Botanical Garden, named one of the top 10 zoological parks in the country!

C O N V E N T I O N   V I S I T O R S   B U R E A U S

Charleston is America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300-year history just waiting to be discovered. Hundreds of significant and lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District's narrow streets. More information is available from the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau website at

Historical Note: Eliza Lucas Pinckney, a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, was probably the first important agriculturalist of the United States. In the early 1700s only about 5,000 pounds of indigo were exported from the Charleston area, but due to Eliza Pinckney's successes, that volume grew to 130,000 pounds within two years. Indigo became second only to rice as cash crop. 


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