Wednesday, June 20, 2012
here's a posting on York Minster by jennyfreckles in Yorkshire. It's the oldest remaining church building in Columbia, having survived the Civil War. It was begun in 1814 and was still being added to in the 1890s.
During the Civil War when Union General Sherman burned his way across the south, the parish took down Episcopal signs and erected a cross in hope that Sherman, a Roman Catholic, might spare the church. The rectory was burned but the church was spared. In 1865, the commander of the Union troops occupying Columbia ordered the Rector to say a prayer for the President of the United States during the liturgy. He complied, but at the start of the prayer the congregation arose from kneeling and did not say "amen."
Trinity Cathedral sits directly across the street from the state house in Columbia. It offers tours daily.