Saturday, December 9
Join Historic Columbia for a special holiday evening touring the Hampton-Preston Mansion and Robert Mills House by candlelight. Learn about traditions of the past, hear musicians play selections from the 19th century, shop the Holiday Vendor’s Market, visit the children’s activity area with free, takeaway crafts for your tree and home, and sip holiday beverages during this one-night-only event.
Today at Historic Columbia
Start your experience at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills (1616 Blanding Street)
Journey to Freedom Tour: Mann-Simons Site and Modjeska Monteith Simkins House
12 p.m. & 3 p.m.
Public Garden Hours
Gardens at Hampton-Preston Mansion
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Public Garden Hours
Gardens at Robert Mills
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit us through Dec. 30 to enjoy a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion!
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Wednesday – Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Experience the holiday season with Historic Columbia on a guided holiday tour of the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion! Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both historic homes between Wednesday, November 15, and Saturday, December 30, 2023. Tour guides will...
Sunday, December 17th: 1 — 4 p.m.
2025 Marion St., Columbia, SC 29201
Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for FREE once a month thanks to Richland County! This month, visit the exhibits at the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, the home to South Carolina's greatest human rights advocate.
Sunday, January 21st: 1 — 4 p.m.
1615 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for FREE once a month thanks to Richland County, with support from HC Board Liaison, Councilwoman Gretchen Barron! This month, visit the Hampton-Preston Mansion.
Sunday, February 18th: 1 — 4 p.m.
1705 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201
The third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for FREE thanks to Richland County, with support from HC Board Liaison, Councilwoman Gretchen Barron! This month, visit the Museum of the Reconstruction Era.
Sunday, March 17th: 1 — 4 p.m.
1616 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for FREE once a month thanks to Richland County, with support from HC Board Liaison, Councilwoman Gretchen Barron! This month, visit the Robert Mills House & Gardens, one of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, and explore architecture and daily life in the 1820s in Columbia.
Thursday, May 16th: 5 — 6:30 p.m.
701 Whaley St., Columbia, SC 29201
Join Historic Columbia as we celebrate National Historic Preservation month by recognizing exemplary work in preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, and revitalization in Columbia and Richland County.
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
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