Small State, Big Self-Image

The South Carolina State Museum is in the old Columbia Mills Building and that’s its problem.  It’s just too big.  The AAA gives it a gem and compliments its “four floors of hands-on exhibits”.  I was quickly tired of looking at the machinery used for processing cotton, war weapons, planets, bones, ETC.  Every state has a museum or historical society facility, and the better ones tell you a lot about the state without exhausting detail.

The 4th floor has a telescope display, information about both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, a displays about plantation life and Native Americans, and more.  By the time I got to the 2nd floor Dinosaur Gallery, I was ready to head for the exit which was down some stairs by the Reverend Dr. Solomon Jackson, Jr. 4D Theater.  I no longer had interest in the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum downstairs, which required a separate admission or a combo ticket.  Maybe it was just a slow day, but I only saw half a dozen other visitors the entire time.  Ruth wouldn’t even go in.

The city of Columbia has a lot of fine attractions, and its Official Visitor Guide put the South Carolina Stare Museum in a “Don’t Miss” category.  Maybe if I had been there with children, I’d have a different opinion.  Unlike me, who tries to see as much as possible, kids have a way of focusing on just a couple of things or suggest that I buy them ice cream when they get bored.  When I later read in the visitors guide that the CONFEDERATE Relic Room had artifacts from the Colonial Era to the present time, I wasn’t surprised.  Or interested.

Hank

 

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Since the beginning, I've had to avoid writing about the downside of travel in order to sell more than 100 articles. Just because something negative happened doesn't mean your trip was ruined. But tell that to publishers who are into 5-star cruise and tropical beach fantasies. I want to tell what happened on my way to the beach, and it may not have been all that pleasant. My number one rule of the road is...today's disaster is tomorrow's great story. My travel experiences have appeared in about twenty magazines and newspapers. I've been in all 50 states more than once and more than 50 countries. Ruth and I love to travel internationally--Japan, Canada, China, Argentina, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, etc. Within the next 2 years we will have visited all of the European countries. But our favorite destination is Australia. Ruth and I have been there 9 times. I've written a book about Australia's Outback, ALONE NEAR ALICE, which is available through both Amazon & Barnes & Noble. My first fictional work, MOVING FORWARD, GETTING NOWHERE, has recently been posted on Amazon. It's a contemporary, hopefully funny re-telling of The Odyssey. View all posts by roadsrus

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