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Arsenal Hill

 
 
Arsenal Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
1. Arsenal Hill Marker
Inscription. Situated within the two-mile square grid that defined Columbia's original city limits in 1786, Arsenal Hill enjoys the distinction of being one of the second state capital's oldest neighborhoods. Established by the 1820's as a fashionable residential neighborhood, Arsenal Hill recieved its name from the Palmetto Armory, founded here in 1850. In 1869, the former officer's quarters of Arsenal Academy, a military school that operated from 1842 to 1865, began serving as the South Carolina Governor's Mansion. Following the Civil War, the neighborhood became popular with middle-class African Americans, including noted photographer Richard Samuel Roberts. By the 1990s, the district's array of 19th- and early 20th- century architecture and its proximity to downtown inspired a revitalization movement that led this racially diverse community to renovate its historic homes for residential and commercial uses.
 
Location. 34° 0.36′ N, 81° 2.598′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is at the intersection of Gadsden Street and Blanding Street, on the right when traveling south on Gadsden Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia SC 29201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker
Arsenal Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
2. Arsenal Hill Marker
. Entrance to Cemetery of the Columbia Hebrew Benevolent Society (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fleishman Family Chapel (about 500 feet away); Richard Samuel Roberts House (about 600 feet away); Palmetto Arsenal / Iron Works (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cemetery of the Columbia Hebrew Benevolent Society (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Arsenal Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Figure Eight in South Carolina (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lord William Craven (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Columbia.
 
Also see . . .  African American Registry; Richard Samuel Roberts. Roberts rented a studio in the heart of Columbia, S.C. Carolina's African-American commercial district on Washington Street in 1922. At the same time working as a post office custodian from 4 a.m. to noon. For the next 14 years, the thousands of pictures that Roberts took comprise a stunning visual history of every aspect of the African-American community in South Carolina's capital city. He frequently took his camera into the heart of the segregated Black District of Columbia and also to other towns and cities in the state. (Submitted on April 20, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Arsenal Hill Marker " Columbia's Oldest Neighborhood" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
3. Arsenal Hill Marker " Columbia's Oldest Neighborhood"
Arsenal Hill Marker at Blanding and Gadsden Streets image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 21, 2010
4. Arsenal Hill Marker at Blanding and Gadsden Streets
Arsenal Hill , Governor's Mansion , as mentioned image. Click for full size.
Historic Columbia Foundation collection
5. Arsenal Hill , Governor's Mansion , as mentioned
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Arsenal Hill - a Palmetto Armory / Palmetto Ironworks building, as mentioned image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
6. Arsenal Hill - a Palmetto Armory / Palmetto Ironworks building, as mentioned
** See nearby markers
 
 
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