Real Local: John Sherrer

As a Columbia native, John has his own history with the capital city. But as a historian, he'll tell you all about the people and places that have made his hometown special for generations.

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I’m John, Director of Preservation for Historic Columbia, where each day I discover something about my hometown that’s worth sharing. And, that’s just what I do wherever I am, 24-7, 365. Historic buildings, artifacts, stories—each is a powerful medium that can inform, connect, and inspire. Follow me at @vintage_palmetto_preservation.

Run THIS CITY: Columbia SC is a runner’s perfect city with both urban and nature trails and temperate weather year-round. Page Ellington Park is located in the historic BullStreet District. The 20-acre park features a pond, dog park, and trail.

Explore THE PAST: You’ll find preservation in the obvious places around Columbia, but also in some unexpected spots like the Boyd Horticultural Center at Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens. Here, Historic Columbia not only hosts events, but also cares for native and exotic plants.


Read UP: All Good Books is so much more than a local bookstore. This locally loved spot sits in the heart of the Five Points District pouring coffee and serving as a space for community conversations. From book signings to discussion groups, this is a must visit.

HOPS + HISTORY: History isn’t all textbooks. Around Columbia SC, you’ll find it in the most unexpected places, like the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery located in the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar (yes, Wright like the Wright Brothers).

Pro tip: Grab a spot on the observation deck and sip the pale ale while watching planes take off from Owens Field.