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Trinity Episcopal Cathedral has opened for tours

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is open for tours Monday-Friday 9-2
Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is open for tours Monday-Friday 9-2photo by author

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral is open for tours this spring. The Cathedral, located at 1100 Sumter Street, across from the State House,will be open for tours from 9 a.m-2 p.m. Monday-Friday. After Easter, tours will be available from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It will be open for tours through the middle of May.

Trinity reopened in October, 2010 after a 2 1/2 year restoration. The restoration was part of the Cathedral's preparations for its bicentennial in 2012. The Cathedral building itself dates from 1846.

Visitors will be able to see the fruits of that restoration including the red dome over the Cathedral's high altar. Other points of interest include the baptismal font; a gift from the Hampton family that was designed by sculptor Hiram Powers and the stained glass windows from England, Germany and this country.

A tour of the Cathedral graveyard is also included. One of the oldest in Columbia, the graveyard is the final resting place of many prominent South Carolinians including James F. Byrnes who was Secretary of State under President Harry Truman and Governor of South Carolina from 1951-1955. Also buried here is General Wade Hampton III,veteran of the Civil War and the first post-reconstruction Governor of South Carolina.

Tours are offered by Cathedral docents at no charge but donations are accepted.Tours begin at the main Cathedral entrance on Sumter Street.

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