Trinity Episcopal Cathedral will open for tours this fall. The Cathedral, located at 1100 Sumter Street, across from the State House,will be open for tours from 10 a.m-noon Monday-Friday starting Monday, March 4 through Friday, May 10. Starting Tuesday, April 2, tours will be offered from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Trinity reopened in October, 2010 after a 2 1/2 year restoration. The restoration is part of the Cathedral's preparations for its bicentennial this year. 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. Upon entering the Trinity Campus, follow the signs that are posted during tour hours to the location where tours begin.
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