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Decorating for the holidays, 19th-century style

By: Rachel Gregor

Monday, December 4th 2023

When it comes to holiday home decor, a lot has changed. When you visit the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion during our Holiday House Tours, don't expect to find glitz and glam. Compared to our modern displays with bright lights and colored plastic baubles, early 1800s decorations seem...


Explore the Collection: Historic Columbia launches online collection

By: Rachel Gregor

Monday, October 30th 2023

Historic Columbia (HC) recently launched a selection of 40 objects for online viewing. More objects will be added over the coming months to allow visitors from around the city, state, country, and globe to “Explore the Collection,” cared for and researched by members of HC’s curatorial team. Launching the collection...


A World-Class Museum of Reconstruction

By: Dawn Mills Campbell

Thursday, July 13th 2017

Historic Columbia and Richland County have a long-standing partnership in preserving some of the Midlands most significant historic assets, including the Woodrow Wilson Family Home. Today, this site serves as the home to A Museum of Reconstruction and explores the racial, social and political landscape of Columbia and Richland County...


Two Days with HC

Whether you're sightseeing with a group that shares a common interest or traveling with an eclectic mix of friends or tour companions who have different tastes, Columbia, South Carolina offers a perfect mix of history-filled homes, beautiful gardens, fascinating museums, diverse shopping choices and myriad dining options. Even better, Historic...

Mann-Simons Site

Choosing a Tour

Deciding which house museum to tour can be difficult when you have four choices, but only time to explore one! We are happy to help you figure out which tour is best for you. Would you like to learn more about the Reconstruction era? The Museum of the Reconstruction Era...