About Historic Columbia
We advocate for the preservation of historic properties and artifacts in Columbia and Richland County.Learn More
We keep neighborhood history alive in the hearts and minds of today's residents through tours, educational programs and special events.Learn More
We work with government agencies to secure our legacy for the future.Learn More
We are the stewards of Columbia's past, present and future.
Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage. We are meaningful in many ways:
- We are historic houses and beautiful gardens.
- We are a museum under many roofs.
- We are dedicated to delivering engaging programs and events.
- We are champions for historic preservation.
- We are a resource for our community.
- We offer history lessons inside and outside the classroom.
- We are a unique special events destination.
Historic Columbia supports and protects the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and Richland County through advocacy, education and preservation.
Following a comprehensive three-year strategic plan that includes historic preservation advocacy, innovative educational programs and strategic partnerships, we will harness the power of history to inspire and catalyze social activism aimed at improving the quality of life in Columbia and Richland County.
There are many ways in which you can get involved. Learn more about how you can support our mission and vision.
Recent News from Historic Columbia
Postcard of the State House grounds, 1920. Historic Columbia collection By: Lydia Mattice Brandt, Associate Professor, University of South Carolina The South Carolina State House grounds feature dozens of monuments built over more than two centuries. Here are 10 key facts to help you learn about this site: 1. The...
Harper's Weekly November 16, 1867 Largely ignored or misrepresented until recently Reconstruction was one of the most pivotal periods in American history. Many of the laws and policies adopted dramatically changed the face of the country at the time and still affect us today. Here are 10 key facts to...
Historic Columbia is excited to announce plans to construct a state-of-the-art greenhouse and accompanying gatehouse on the grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens. The additions, based on historic structures that once stood on the property, serve as the next step in a decades-long vision to transform the historic site...
A slip on the keyboard turned powerful photographs into timeless art. And for that, Crush Rush is thankful. Rush, 32, has been a professional photojournalist for close to a decade in Columbia, his hometown. Skim through his popular Instagram account – over 7,400 followers and counting – and you’ll find...