At Historic Columbia, we have the great responsibility of being the stewards of the unique Richland County-owned site that is Hampton-Preston. Since reopening the Woodrow Wilson Family Home in 2014, our organization has shown an unwavering commitment to tell a more complete and inclusive history at all the sites that...
Become an HC Member
Become an Historic Columbia member and receive free admission to the Hampton-Preston reopening event in May.
It's an exciting time in Columbia! And, even more, it’s an exciting time to be a member of Historic Columbia, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting local history, education and advocacy. We’ve been hard at work rehabilitating the circa-1818 Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, one South Carolina’s oldest urban estates and one of the six sites managed under our care.
On May 12, we will reopen Hampton-Preston and debut updated interpretation, new exhibits, hands-on interactive elements, and expanded and enhanced public gardens. We will also unveil physical improvements that have been made to the building, including a new exterior paint scheme, an entry hall painted oil cloth and more.
This spring we have a special offer for you! Become an Historic Columbia member by Friday, May 11 and receive free admission to the Hampton-Preston reopening event on Saturday, May 12 for you and up to four members of your family (up to a $24 savings!). This event will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the house’s construction and will feature a variety of activities, including house and garden tours, special presentations, children's games and crafts, a plant sale, live music, food trucks and more!In addition to receiving free admission to the Hampton-Preston reopening, your membership will also offer you numerous benefits.
All memberships receive the following benefits:
- Exclusive members-only access to new exhibits and Behind-The-Scenes Tours of new restoration projects
- Free admission to historic house museums
- 10% discount at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills
- Early access to select ticketed events
- Discounts on programs and special events
- Subscription to newsletter
Plus, as a member, you support our mission!
To Redeem Your FREE Tickets to the May 12 Hampton-Preston Reopening
Please follow the instructions below or call (803) 252-7742 ext. 15.
1. Visit our membership page and select your membership level.
2. Enter name and select the "Add to Cart" button.
3. Once on cart page, scroll down and click “Continue Shopping” (you will come back and fill in contact/registration information later)
4. You will be redirect to the homepage. On the right hand side of this page, select the button for the "Hampton-Preston Reopening" event. Once on this page, click the "Buy Tickets" button.
5. Select the appropriate number of "Member" tickets (up to 1 free adult member ticket for Individual level, and up to 2 free adult member/2 free youth member tickets for Household level and above. All other tickets must be purchased at regular price.) Add these tickets to cart.
6. Enter the discount code "HP200." This will bring the price of eligible tickets to $0.
7. Enter your personal information. Don’t forget to click register for site and choose a password- this will allow you to purchase member-priced tickets for our other great events!
8. Check out. There is no need for a paper ticket- your name will be on a list at the check-in table of the event.
We look forward to seeing you on the 12th!
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