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Alston House

 
 
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By Nancy Stone-Collum, August 23, 2019
1. Alston House Marker
Inscription.  This Greek Revival cottage, built ca. 1872, was the residence and business of Caroline Alston, a black businesswoman who lived and ran a dry goods store here as early as 1873. She purchased the house in 1888, becoming one of the few black business owners in Columbia during the period. Alston, known for her "esteem and confidence" of her black and white customers, sold the house in 1906. It was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
 
Erected 2014 by Richland County Conservation Commission. (Marker Number 40-156.)
 
Location. 34° 0.278′ N, 81° 1.406′ W. Marker is in Columbia, South Carolina, in Richland County. Marker is on Gervais Street (U.S. 1) east of Barnwell Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1811 Gervais 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. Wesley Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Gregg Street (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barnwell Street (about 300 feet away); Last Home of Wade Hampton
Alston House image. Click for full size.
By Nancy Stone-Collum, August 23, 2019
2. Alston House
(about 700 feet away); Henderson Street (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sherman's Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fair-Rutherford House / Rutherford House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harden Street (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2019. This page originally submitted on August 23, 2019, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 106 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 23, 2019, by Nancy Stone-Collum of Columbia, South Carolina. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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