The First Baptist Church in downtown Columbia has evolved into a megachurch with a large congregation and televised services at al. You don’t need to be a worshipper, however, to appreciate its architectural and historic appeals. The National Register/National Historic Landmark building (original construction 1859) features an imposing Greek Revival façade that delights the eye. The church’s role in the onset of the Civil War also makes it a magnet for history buffs. As the streetside historical marker states, a convention that met here on December 17, 1860, voted unanimously for South Carolina to secede from the United States (see marker photo).
Parking can be very problematic in the vicinity of the church. During my recent Monday afternoon visit I considered myself fortunate to find a metered space on the street just two blocks away.
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