|The Seibels House|
In 1786, a decade before the Georgian Seibels House was built, South Carolina officially became a state - and Columbia, being in the center of that state, became its new capital. The town was designed with beautiful wide streets in a two-mile square grid, which still gives it a grand, open feel.
Columbia, South Carolina is a small city of about 130,000 people; and it is considered to be one of the best places in the US to retire (according to CNN and US News & World Report in 2007 and 2009, respectively). It's also home to the University of South Carolina and boasts a newly restored historic downtown area, the Congaree Vista, overlooking the Congaree River.
|A view of the beautiful Congaree Vista district|
There are many historic properties in Columbia, and if you happen to be there over the holidays there are special walking tours you can go on. I would love this, because restored houses and house museums are just about my favorite kind of museum. I've never been to Columbia, but after a look at the Seibels House and pictures of the Congaree Vista - it's now on my go-to list for sure.