Bed and Breakfast, Hotel
Established in 1850, The Chestnut Cottage Bed and Breakfast is a hotel with a captivating past, which remains one of Columbia’s best kept secrets. During the civil war, this traditional South Carolina building was home to Mary Boykin Chestnut and her husband, General James Chestnut, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning wartime memoir A Diary from Dixie, a book written inside the house itself. As a military family, the Chestnuts hosted President Jefferson Davis and his entourage during October 1864, and he is said to have given his last speech as president to the citizens of South Carolina on the inn’s porch. Today, The Chestnut Cottage is a charming bed and breakfast set in a historical area, which contains some of the city’s last surviving Neoclassical Antebellum architecture.