Waverly Historic District

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Columbia's first suburb, Waverly, evolved into a community of black artisans, professionals and social reformers. Many of the residents made important contributions to Columbia and across the state. The district's concentration of educational facilities (Benedict College and Allen University) served the South's African Americans when racial discrimination denied them the opportunities for higher education. Today, Waverly is a vibrant urban neighborhood, which celebrates the past and embraces the future.

Tour Stops:
1. Allen University
2. Dr. Douglas K. Jenkins House
3. Good Samaritan - Waverly Hospital
4. Visanka-Starks House
5. Site of Black USO
6. Willis Johnson Family House
7. Bishop's Memorial Church
8. Sit of Judge Matthew J. Perry's House
9. Daddy Grace's Parsonage
10. Heidt - Russell House
1. Site of Reverend James M. Hinton House
12. Carpenters' Hall
13. Waverly Five and Dime Store
14. The Lighthouse and Informer Newspaper
15. Carver Theatre
16. Dr. Matilda Evans House

To learn more about these stops and path of the tour, stop by the Columbia Regional Visitors Center or the Historic Columbia offices to pick up the full brochure.

  • Price Range Maximum: $$ - $101-150
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