Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour explores West Columbia history

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A crowd of more than 200 got a guided tour of the darker side of West Columbia’s history Friday night, going back to the days of Granby and New Brookland.

The Murders and Mysteries Walking Tour, a free event presented by the Lexington County Museum, began at the West Columbia Riverwalk Park and Amphitheater and continued through the old mill homes and along State and Meeting streets.

“We like to share some of the things that happened outside Columbia. West Columbia and Lexington and Irmo and all these towns have their own history that’s unique and very interesting,” said Lexington County Museum Director J.R. Fennell. “We are going to tell some crazy kind of stories that happened right here in West Columbia and learn a little bit about the history of the town as well.”

Fennell acted as tour guide for the evening, sharing stories which took the crowd back to the days long before the area was called West Columbia and even before the United States of America existed.

Some stories were spooky, some gruesome, some funny, but all delivered perspective on the past.

“The people that came before us were just like us,” Fennell said. “Sometimes in our society we have a tendency to sanctify our ancestors.”

The museum is open year-round and presents walking tours and other events periodically. More information is available at

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