Robert Mills Carriage House and Gardens

Robert Mills Carriage House and Gardens

History

In 1823, Ainsley and Sarah Hall commissioned Robert Mills, a native Charlestonian who designed many buildings throughout South Carolina and Washington, D.C., including the Washington Monument, to plan this Classical Revival townhouse; however Hall died before the home was completed. Sarah sold the home to the Presbyterian Church who used it for Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Joseph R. Wilson, father of President Woodrow Wilson, was one of many teachers at the seminary. After the seminary relocated to Georgia, the home became Westervelt Academy then later Columbia Bible College. The house was saved from demolition in 1960 by the founding members of Historic Columbia Foundation. After extensive restoration, the house was opened as a historical house museum in 1967. Robert Mills House is on the National Register of Historic Landmarks, one of only 5 sites in South Carolina on the register.

The grand and classical style of the Robert Mills house provides the perfect iconic backdrop and truly southern feel for your next event! The expansive, flowing garden spaces of the Robert Mills property provide the flexibility of many unique spaces that work together as a whole or individually for smaller events as well.

Please note: the house is a museum and is not available to rent. 

Amenities 

Carriage House with indoor space

Restrooms 

Catering prep kitchen

 

Capacity

Carriage House: 50 seated, 100 standing 

Front lawn: 300

Back lawn: 300

Founder's Garden: 40 

Entire Grounds: 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.