The South Carolina Picture Project

Gervais Street Bridge
Gervais Street Bridge | Photo via @sodacityandmore

Have you heard of The South Carolina Picture Project? It’s a federally recognized nonprofit organization working to preserve the photos + history of our state’s landmarks before they are gone for good. 

It’s used by 3,000+ people each day + is a resource for more than 1 million people each year. Think of it as a digital time capsule. The website houses 2,300+ SC landmarks, and there’s no plan to stop archiving our beautiful state any time soon.

The five goals of the project are: 

🖼 To act as a permanent repository for photos + records of our states landmarks.

🖼 To celebrate all of the beauty of our state + strengthen SC pride.

🖼 To give students the ability to study + learn about our state’s history in a more accessible way — at no cost to students. 

🖼 To inspire travel throughout SC + in turn, boost the economy

🖼 To allow South Carolinians a way to contribute their own connections, stories, and memories of a location. 

To use this resource, visit the website to search and find landmarks by city, county, and type. Each page has photos + facts and figures available. Once you’ve learned all you need to know, plan a trip to the destination and be sure to take lots of photos and tag us using @COLAtoday.

Here are some of the local gems you can find at

Columbia Union Station | The former railroad station was built in 1902 + now houses California Dreaming.

Little Red School House | Now located at the Columbia Canal, the school house once was located on Gist Street, near Blanding and Laurel.

Zimmerman House and School | The Zimmerman Female Academy was built in 1848 to offer young women a classical education.