Photo Gallery | Mann-Simons Outdoor Museum Gets New Interactive Wayside Signage on February 13
Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to announce the completion of the Mann-Simons Outdoor Museum with the addition of interactive wayside signage and a new website on Wednesday, February 13.
“The installation of the wayside signage and the QR codes they contain, which lead people to greater information via our website, is an exciting chapter in the expanded interpretation of this historic site," said John Sherrer, director of cultural resources at Historic Columbia Foundation. “It marks the culmination of seven years of archaeological research by Dr. Jakob Crockett and scores of researchers that has led to a heightened appreciation and understanding of the Mann-Simons Site.”
Located at 1403 Richland Street, The Mann-Simons Outdoor Museum features five “ghost structures,” frames of buildings that once stood on the site, including a former lunch counter, grocery store, outhouse and residences. These structures will now be accompanied by interpretative signage that tells the story of these former structures. This outdoor museum is a first for South Carolina and one of a handful of exhibits of its kind nationwide.
Nine wayside signs will be installed on the site’s grounds, each with a QR code that, when scanned with a smartphone, takes you to a mobile website with more extensive information, photos and video about the Mann-Simons site, family and archaeological project. A desktop-compatible version of the site is available at mannsimons.com.
“These signs coupled with the ghost structures provide a unique interpretive experience that Columbia has never seen before,” said Sherrer.
Incorporating this free exhibit onto the popular property allows the community to better engage with the African-American heritage this site offers. The site currently is open for guided tours Tuesday through Sunday for $6, but this exhibit is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge.