1649 Main

Historic Columbia to Offer Sneak Peek of the Next Main Street Hot Spot

By: Meg Southern, Garvin Design Group

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...

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Sien and Bryant at Robert Mills

Bryant & Rafael at Robert Mills

Bryant and Rafael married at the Robert Mills House & Gardens on June 12, 2016. Dressed in sweet tones of ivory and powder blue, the couple prepared to commit their lives to one another in a ceremony as intimate and warm as their affection for one another. In the shade...

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Megan Plott

Historic Columbia Welcomes Megan Plott as New Director of Development 

We are pleased to announce Megan Plott has joined Historic Columbia as the new director of development. In this leadership role, Plott will oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of all fundraising and membership programs of Historic Columbia. “We are thrilled to welcome Megan to our team and know that...

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Wedding at RMH

Savannah & Stephen at Robert Mills

Savannah and Stephen Henderson’s wedding took place on May 20, 2018 at the Robert Mills Carriage House & Gardens . This down-to-earth celebration started with an intimate ceremony on the back lawn, in front of the secluded entrance to the Founder’s Garden. The lush greenery of the shrubs and trees...

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Isa Mandell

Your Membership Matters

By Isabelle Mandell My family moved to Columbia when my father got offered a job as a professor at the University of South Carolina. I was born within the year, the youngest of four children. We traveled a great deal during my childhood and adolescence. My undergraduate degree was from...

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Skidmore wedding

Ashlin & Matt at the Seibels House & Garden

Ashlin Reese and Matt Skidmore tied the knot at the beautiful Seibels House & Garden on March 23, 2018. When close friends and family arrived at this intimate celebration, they were encouraged to sign a Jenga block, in lieu of a traditional guest book. The smell of fresh lavender and...

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HP Press Conference

Hampton-Preston Reopens

By: Robin Waites, Executive Director

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...

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2018 Preservation Awards

2018 Preservation Award Winners

We're excited to announce the recipients of our 2018 Preservation Awards . Each May, in conjunction with National Preservation Month, we present these awards to celebrate the accomplishments of local property owners; professionals in the fields of architecture, construction and design; and leaders who champion preservation as an opportunity to...

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Reconstruction Symposium

Reconstruction's Legacy

By: Mary-Kathryn Craft

The Palmetto State’s historical connections to the 14th Amendment don’t often garner lots of attention. Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy , a Columbia native who is one of the nation’s top experts on civil rights and civil liberties, plans to change that in his keynote address at the upcoming symposium...

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gervais and assembly

The Congaree Vista: Then, Now and Tomorrow

The words view, landscape and outlook are among the many meanings of the word Vista. Throughout its diverse history Columbia’s Congaree Vista has embodied all of these definitions. The district continues to do so today, though the interpretations of those meanings have changed over time to reflect the transformation that...

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