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Columbia in Richland County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Pieces of the Past

 
 
Pieces of the Past Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 5, 2019
1. Pieces of the Past Marker
Inscription.  In order to know about aspects of the Wilsons' former house that no longer remain, researchers turned to oral history, maps, pictures and archaeology. Behind the house once stood a two-story kitchen building, a chicken coop, an outhouse, a barn and the work yard. Excavations in 1983, 2007 and 2013 uncovered artifacts and features such as the foundation remnants of the kitchen house and a trash pit. During the latter stages of the rehabilitation workers exposed a deep pit that originally may have been a well for drinking water. Evidence indicates that it later may have collected rainwater drained from the main house's roof. Today, brick pavers mark the well's former location.

The Wilsons sold their former residence in 1876, two years after leaving Columbia. After owning it for 15 years, the Van Metre family subdivided the property. By 1911, the Houseal family became their new neighbors after relocating a house from Columbia's Arsenal Hill neighborhood. The Houseals, and the Lorick family, who lived immediately east, became important activists in saving the Wilson home from destruction in 1928. Demolition of the Houseal house in 1973 restored
Marker detail: Excavation image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Excavation
Archaeologist Helena Ferguson points out a layer of ash within a former trash pit excavated during the property's rehabilitation.
the Wilson property to its original dimensions.
 
Location. 34° 0.501′ N, 81° 1.622′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Hampton Street and Henderson Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the Woodrow Wilson Family Home grounds, beside the sidewalk, near the northeast corner of the house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1705 Hampton Street, Columbia SC 29201, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Divided By Design (a few steps from this marker); Victorian By Design (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodrow Wilson Family Home & Gardens (within shouting distance of this marker); Tommy Wilson's Neighborhood (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson House (within shouting distance of this marker); Wilson Boyhood House (within shouting distance of this marker); A Fortunate Survivor (within shouting distance of this marker); "Chesnut Cottage" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Woodrow Wilson Family Home
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Marker detail: Wilson Family Home grounds, circa 1930 image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Wilson Family Home grounds, circa 1930
Drawn by T.C. Hamby around 1930, this map shows the Wilson House's former kitchen building and the Houseal family's residence to the east.
Pieces of the Past Marker  wide view<br>(<i>marker near northeast corner Wilson Family Home</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 5, 2019
4. Pieces of the Past Marker wide view
(marker near northeast corner Wilson Family Home)
Brick pavers mark the well's former location.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on June 8, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 95 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on June 7, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3, 4. submitted on June 8, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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