Total Eclipse Weekend

Total Eclipse Weekend

We love experiencing history at Historic Columbia, and we're excited about the historic Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on Monday, August 21! To celebrate, we've planned a range of great events for this historic weekend. Whether you've lived in Columbia all your life, or if you're visiting from half way around the globe, join us to make the most of this historic celestial event. 

Historic Water Balloon Battle

Friday, Aug. 18 
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street
$15/ members, $20/non-members 

Looking for ways to cool down during the Total Eclipse Weekend? Join Historic Columbia on our third annual Historic Water Balloon Battle from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. Using water balloons, guests will break into teams to learn about military tactics through history and battle on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens. After the water battle, relax with drinks and light appetizers on the grounds of the historic site. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Click here to learn more and purchase tickets.

Main Street Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug 20
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. 
Main Street, Tour begins in front of the State Capital
$8/adults, $5 youth 

Get to know the South Carolina’s capital city during the Total Eclipse Weekend and take a guided walking tour of Columbia’s Main Street with Historic Columbia. Offering more than 150 years of architectural trends, Columbia's Main Street is a physical legacy of its citizens' aspiration and accomplishments. See the city's oldest "skyscraper," an IBM-punch-card-inspired office building and the State Capitol. Walk through Columbia's first indoor shopping mall and learn how an old department store became an art museum. Allow approximately 60 minutes for this tour. To purchase tickets, click on the specific tour times listed below. 

Congaree Vista Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug 20
9 a.m. and 10 a.m. 
Congaree Vista, Tour begins in front of the State Capital
$8/adults, $5 youth 

Get to know the South Carolina’s capital city during the Total Eclipse Weekend and take a guided walking tour of Columbia’s Congaree Vista with Historic Columbia. Historically a residential, light industrial, mercantile and transportation district, the Congaree Vista comprises almost 800 acres. Bounded by the Congaree River to the west and Assembly Street to the east, this portion of South Carolina’s downtown features a mixture of historically significant buildings with architecturally sympathetic re-development and infill projects. The product of considerable capital investment beginning in the 1970’s, the Vista today features loft, apartment and townhouse residences, restaurants and bars, specialty shops, and offices. Officially referred to as the West Gervais Street Historic District, the Congaree Vista is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is protected as an architectural conservation district by the City of Columbia. Allow approximately 60 minutes for this tour. To purchase tickets, click on the specific tour times listed below. 

Historic Eclipse in the Gardens

Monday, Aug. 21, 2017
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Robert Mills House & Gardens
SOLD OUT!

Witness the historic Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens on Monday, Aug 21. Historic Eclipse in the Gardens will feature an expansive outdoor area for eclipse viewing, live music, misting stations, hands-on kid’s activities, tours of the Robert Mills House and much more. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. The viewing event will take place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Tickets are sold out.

Historic House Museum Tours

Thursday, Aug. 17 – Sunday, Aug. 20
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site, Woodrow Wilson Family Home
$8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. Purchase tickets in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills located at 1616 Blanding Street. 

Experience Columbia’s historic homes on a guided Historic Columbia tour. Each house museum provides a unique experience and offers a variety of interactive activities for visitors. Scattered throughout many of the exhibits are engagement stations, in which visitors can watch videos, touch historic objects from the teaching collection and use touch screen displays to learn more about the sites. Tickets are sold and tours begin at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Group Tours

Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for groups of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. To schedule a group tour, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Eclipse Merchandise

Whether you're a seasoned celestial aficionado, or a newbie to historic astronomical phenomenon, we've got all your eclipse viewing needs covered at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills! For more information about the special eclipse-related merchandise we have on offer, CLICK HERE.

About Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C.

At 2:41 p.m. on Monday, August 21, 2017, viewers in the greater Columbia, S.C., area will experience the longest total solar eclipse on the East Coast, with 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness in the middle of the afternoon. NASA estimates that South Carolina could see an influx of up to 1 million visitors to witness the first total solar eclipse to make a path all the way across the continental U.S. in 99 years. From Aug. 18 to 21, 2017, visitors and residents in the greater Columbia, S.C., region will enjoy long weekend of eclipse-related activities hosted by area attractions, arts and culture organizations, restaurants, hotels, retailers, community groups and more leading up to and during the eclipse. The Total Eclipse Weekend Columbia, S.C., initiative is spearheaded by a coalition of regional entities whose mission is to create an incredible, weekend-long experience for those witnessing the eclipse in the region.