With new exhibits and beautifully restored gardens, this historic landmark is one that everyone can enjoy. The Hampton-Preston Mansion is now open—join us for a tour!
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Sunday, July 15th
1:00pm to 4:00pm
1403 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of Mann-Simons Site for only $1 on Sunday, July 15 during Dollar Sunday. Visit the Mann-Simons Site, home to the same African-American family for nearly 130 years.
Monday, July 16th
10:00am to 11:00am
1615 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Join Historic Columbia and Richland County Public Library for a special outdoor Storytime in the Gardens! Enjoy stories and songs in the gazebo at the Hampton-Preston Mansion’s Henry Michael Powell Memorial Children’s Garden.
Tuesday, July 24th
12:00pm to 1:00pm
1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201
In May, Historic Columbia commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Hampton-Preston Site with enhanced interpretation, additional period rooms and vignettes and new gardens. Behind each improvement is a story involving building evidence, historic records and additions to the museum collection. Join director of cultural resources John Sherrer as he spotlights the process behind the product during this month’s research roundtable!
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Latest News from HC
On August 7, Historic Columbia will host the first Behind-the-Scenes Tour of 1649 Main Street—a place with a rich history known to most as Hennessy’s. The first known visual record of the building is an 1872 illustration by C. Drie, drawn when Main Street was called Richardson Street. Drie depicts...