Gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion

Gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion

History

This house was built in 1818 by Ainsley Hall, a wealthy Columbia merchant, and his wife Sarah. They sold the house in 1823 to Wade Hampton I, who updated the Federal-style home to Greek Revival. The house passed through the Hampton and Preston families, who were forced to sell the estate after the Civil War. The house & grounds were used as headquarters for the Union Army in February 1865. The property survived destruction thanks to Sister Bapista Lynch who implored Sherman to spare the house for use as a temporary convent. Later, the estate accommodated several institutions including the College for Women, Chicora College, Westerveldt Academy and Columbia Bible College. In 1947, the gardens were bulldozed and the four acre tract was subdivided for commercial use. Following a yearlong rehabilitation, the historic mansion reopened in 1970.

Magnolias and towering trees over fountains and garden pathways provide an extensive 4 acres of outdoor garden space, set with the backdrop of the one of Columbia's most renowned mansions. Please note that a rental of this property is a gardens-only space, the house is a museum and not available for events! 

 

Amenities

4 acres of garden space, including entire back lawn, Children's Garden and Hiram Powers Fountain Garden 

 

Capacity

400 

 

Just as your event and needs are specific, so are each of our properties! Packages begin in the $3,000 range, but please contact us for information on pricing specific for your event.

803.252.7742 ext. 11  |  rentals@historiccolumbia.org