Historic Markers Across South Carolina

Early Columbia Racetrack

Marker ID: SCHM 40-48
Location: Comer of Devine St. and Sims Ave., Columbia, SC
County: Richland
Coordinates: N 33° 59.874    W 080° 59.946
  33.9979    -80.9991
Style: Free Standing **


From early days horse racing was a favorite sport in Columbia and many famous horses were bred on neighboring plantations. Columbia Jockey Club was organized by Col. Wade Hampton II and Col. Richard Singleton III in 1828. Congaree race course was located 300 yards north on present Epworth Orphanage property.