Take a walking tour of the historic Cottontown neighborhood in Columbia, SC. Or just take a virtual tour and see the sights and explore the history in the comfort of your home!

• Visit 31 locations in the neighborhood.
• Each location has images and descriptions depicting Cottontown from the late 1800s to the present.
• Tap on an image to zoom in to see more detail.
• Video interviews with residents describing what it was like growing up in Cottontown.
• Interactive map showing your current location and pins for each stop on the tour. Touch any map pin to get more information about that location.

Drawing its name from the cash crop that South Carolina extensively farmed during the 19th and early 20th centuries, Cottontown is among a handful of early Columbia, SC suburbs established over a century ago. Today, the narrow district is bounded on the west by North Main Street, the north by Grace Street, the east by Bull Street, and the south by Elmwood Avenue.

In its earliest years, this area lay immediately outside the original city limits and contained cotton warehouses. For several decades, beginning in the late 19 century, Cottontown was renamed Bellevue, perhaps in the hope of drawing greater numbers of new residents.

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the “Bellevue Historic District” in 1997, Cottontown features a remarkable concentration of residences representative of early 20th-century suburbanization.

The Cottontown Walking Tour was designed by Historic Columbia, which has worked for over 50 years to provide protection for Columbia, SC structures with cultural and historical importance.

What's New

Version 2.0

• Cottontown is now a universal app that works in any orientation on the iPhone and iPad.
• Added support to assist the visually impaired. VoiceOver and Dynamic Type used throughout the app.
• Multitasking is supported on the iPad.
• Added two stops that feature creative commercial use of existing buildings - the Vino Garage and The War Mouth restaurant.
• Added a stop for the Varsity Grill
• Added additional pictures and stop descriptions throughout the app.
• Videos are local and don't require an internet connection.
• Long touch or 3D touch on a tour stop location opens the appropriate stop pin in the map.
• The Cottontown app is open source:


Ronald Hildreth
111.2 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
You must be at least 17 years old to download this app.
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