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CIRCA 1850

CHESNUT COTTAGE

The Bed and Breakfast

Welcome to the Chesnut Cottage

 – A Piece of History –
Built-in the 1850's, the Chesnut Cottage was home to Mary Boykin Chesnut and her husband, General James Chesnut. Mrs. Chesnut, a woman of wit and high intelligence, knew intimately the leading men and women of her day. She herself was a daughter of one of the finest families of the South and her husband was before the war a United State Senator.

While the façade of Columbia has changed drastically since the 1850s, the Chesnut Cottage still stands strong on Hampton Street and invites guests of all ages to enjoy.
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Entryway

Modern Historical Elegance

For nearly forty years, the Cottage has flourished as an inn for travelers visiting South Carolina's capital.

Today, The Chesnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast offers five rooms, each with its own unique character and history, for visitors of all ages to enjoy.

As one of Columbia's "best-kept secrets," you'll be able to take a step back in time and experience the same enchanting space that Mary Boykin Chesnut and her husband, General James Chesnut, called home for years.

A Diary from Dixie

As the home of Mary Boykin Chesnut, the Chesnut Cottage has stood in the historical midtown District of Columbia since the 1850s.

During the Civil War, Mary Boykin Chesnut found respite in the Cottage expressing her feelings in her now famous, "A Diary from Dixie."

The Cottage has publications of the diary and other historical works related to the period.
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Decorations
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Stairs

The Civil War

Despite being surrounded by the destruction of war, the Cottage was spared from loss from the famous fire that destroyed downtown Columbia.

General William T. Sherman set fire to the City of Columbia and nearly the entire city was reduced to ash, the Chesnut Cottage remained intact. Out of respect for General James Chesnut, Sherman halted the blaze four blocks before it reached the Cottage, saving both it and the historical buildings that surround it to this day.

Our Breakfast

Mary Boykin Chesnut always ensured her guests were well fed, and we want to carry on that tradition. Enjoy our delicious breakfast in our dining room. Our menu can even accommodate special dietary requirements.

Breakfast at the Chesnut Cottage is the perfect way to start your day in Columbia, South Carolina.
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Breakfast table setting

Must Do's in Columbia, SC

There are a variety of exciting things to do and places to eat while staying at Chesnut Cottage Bed & Breakfast.
Explore museums, zoos, and parks! There is something for everyone in Columbia, SC. 
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INSIDERS GUIDE
TO COLUMBIA

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INSIDERS GUIDE
TO COLUMBIA

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THINGS TO DO

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THINGS TO DO

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PLACES TO EAT

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PLACES TO EAT

Located in historical Columbia, South Carolina.

1718 Hampton Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201 USA