“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
Connect with History
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
Historically Ever After
Let your special day be one for the history books at any of our beautiful rental properties.Rent a Venue
The History and Contemporary Significance of the 14th Amendment
This two-day symposium will bring leading legal scholars and historians together to discuss the 14th Amendment’s relevance in today’s world.Learn More
Tuesday, May 1st
12:01am to 11:59pm
1616 Blanding St., Columbia, SC 29201
We are excited to participate in Midlands Gives again this year on Tuesday, May 1 for a 24-hour online giving day. Thanks to supporters like you , we raised more than $18,500 with nearly 250 unique donations last year ( second overall among organizations in the Midlands)! We love what...
Wednesday, May 2nd
11:30am to 1:30pm
1201 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
In April and May of 2018, the City of Columbia, in collaboration with several community organizations, is hosting "Enjoy SC: An Experience of South Carolina Arts & Culture at the State House." Historic Columbia has curated historic images of South Carolina’s Main Streets from municipalities all over the state and will feature those images beside current images of the same Main Streets.
Thursday, May 3rd
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.
Gift Shop at Robert Mills
You can now find the beautiful plants you love from our properties for sale at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills! Click the button below to see a full list of plants available for purchase.
Latest News from HC
Like most older buildings, the Hampton-Preston Mansion has evolved over time. Today, it stands as an amalgamation of changes, some large, some small, all interesting in their own right. Each change offers clues about the people who designed, built and subsequently modified the former residence so that it could perform...