Occupying the highest point in downtown Columbia,Arsenal Hill is named for the military academy establishedhere in 1842 as a companion to The Citadel in Charleston.Since the late 1700s, this 30 block neighborhood has beenhome to black and white, elite and laborer, old and young.Within this once largely residential district stand enduringlandmarks of the past and new additions to the capital city'sskyline that are prized for thier proximity to downtownbusinesses and services.
Arsenal Hill is recognized by many Columbians as the home of the South Carolina Governor's Mansion and as theformer location of the Palmetto Armory, which producedweaponry before and during the Civil War. Some identifythe neighborhood as home for generations of their family, living and departed. Others know the district for thechanges it has experienced over time. Diverse in its pastand present, Arsenal Hill today is an historic neighborhoodfeaturing an eclectic mix of residential, commercial,religious, industrial, educational, and governmentalbuildings.