The 1857 Columns Plantation is an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is the last working plantation in the area. Each March, it hosts the reenactment of the Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel, a Civil War encounter which occurred in Florence on March 5, 1865.
At that time, 500 federal soldiers under the command of Col. Williams of the 12th Indiana Infantry marched into Florence to destroy the railroad depot. These troops were met by Confederate soldiers assisted by 400 reinforcements from the area home guard. The federal soldiers were driven away.
The Columns is a private residence. Tours of the home, given by a guide in period dress, may be scheduled in advance for ten or more people.
The Columns Plantation
5001 Rankin Plantation Road
Florence, SC 29506