“At its most basic, preservation is about protecting places that matter to each of us. We want our children to know these places. We want them to stand as beacons for us and for those who come after us—to tell our stories, and the stories of our communities and our lives.”
— Stephanie K. Meeks
If you look around, you’ll see Historic Columbia’s advocacy work everywhere—from the Bull Street development to the new Palmetto Compress building…and we’ve got big plans to save even more historic properties from demolition, but we need the help of people like you to make it happen.Join Today
Your membership helps us create entertaining historical programming that brings people from diverse age groups and backgrounds together. Our educational programs help explain the connections between our past and present, using history as a prism for a deeper understanding.Join Today
As a member, you’ll get discounted admission and early access to our most popular events. Joining Historic Columbia is a great way to “plug in” to the city’s professional network and get involved in your community.Join Today
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We offer historic house tours six days a week, garden tours for groups, off-site walking and bus tours and self-guided neighborhood web-based tours.Take a Tour
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Sunday, August 19th
1 — 4 p.m.
1705 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Every third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! This month, visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, the nation's only museum dedicated to interpreting the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and South Carolina's only remaining presidential site.
Friday, August 24th
5:30 — 7 p.m.
1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Join us for our fourth annual Historic Water Balloon Battle from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. 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.
Tuesday, August 28th
12 — 1 p.m.
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Learn more about Historic Columbia’s research initiatives at the monthly Research Roundtable programs. August’s Research Roundtable will take attendees back 140 years into Reconstruction-era Columbia as captured through the camera lens of William Augustus Reckling. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program.
Columbia is my place. I grew up here, I’ve raised two children here, I’ve lived in my Old Shandon neighborhood for nearly 17 years. I love my city. If you value this city and the stories of this city, then you should join me in being a member of Historic Columbia.
Latest News from HC
Savannah and Stephen Henderson’s wedding took place on May 20, 2018 at the Robert Mills Carriage House & Gardens . This down-to-earth celebration started with an intimate ceremony on the back lawn, in front of the secluded entrance to the Founder’s Garden. The lush greenery of the shrubs and trees...