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Join a Camp Asylum dig site tour on April 18 and 25

Asylum Building
Asylum Building
photo by author

Join Dr. Chester DePratter and his team from the South Carolina Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology for a tour of the Camp Asylum archaeological dig site on the Bull Street campus. These tours are offered on Fridays from February 14 through April 25 at 11 am and 1 pm, each one hour tour will give an inside look at Dr. DePratter's efforts to discover what life was like at Camp Asylum, a Civil War prison camp built for the incarceration of Union Soldiers from December 1864 to February 1865. This Friday's tour and next Friday's will be the final tours of the site.

All attendees will be required to submit a release form to attend this tour. The form will be sent to you after you register. There will be no tours on Friday, April 4. Tickets can be obtained online or by calling 803-252-1770 ex 23. Cost of the tour is $10.

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Asylum Building
Asylum Building photo by author

Asylum Building

The Asylum building, designed by Robert Mills, is used by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) .There is a rooftop garden that was used when the building was a hospital.

Babcock Building
Babcock Building photo by author

Babcock Building

The Babcock Building, with its trademark red dome, is abandoned and deteriorating. Despite its deterioriation, the Babcock Building is specifically mentioned for preservation in the Developers agreement with the City of Columbia.

Babcock building deterioration
Babcock building deterioration photo by author

Babcock building deterioration

A close-up of the deterioration of the Babcock Building.While the building will be protected, there are several proposals for its use, including as a hotel or a movie theater.

The Chapel of Hope
The Chapel of Hope photo by author

The Chapel of Hope

The Chapel of Hope,. like the Babcock Building, is mentioned for preservation in the Development Agreement with the city of Columbia. Back in the day, it was the non-denominational chapel for the State Hospital.

food service building
food service building photo by author

food service building

This building served as some kind of food service location or possibly as a store of some kind as evidenced by the DHEC stickers on the front door. There were also advertising stickers dated 1997.