Ashley & Corey

Ashley & Corey at Robert Mills

Corey and Ashley traveled all the way from The Empire State to become man and wife at the alluring Robert Mills House and Gardens on the evening of October 6, 2018. Surrounded by friends and family, the stunning bride got ready for her big day in the Robert Mills West...

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Savannah & Grayson at Seibels House

Hands clapped and tails wagged for these down-to-earth newlyweds. The sweet couple, Grayson and Savannah, tied the knot in an intimate wedding ceremony at the Seibels House & Garden on November 3, 2018 with all of their loved ones. The couple’s precious dog, Sulley, also got to join in on...

King Solomon's Table with Joan Nathan

Join Us at King Solomon's Table with Joan Nathan

Join Historic Columbia and the History Center at the University of South Carolina for “King Solomon’s Table with Joan Nathan” from 2 – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3. This special event, presented in conjunction with Kugels & Collards , will feature a talk by Joan Nathan , a James...


From Hamilton to Hampton Street: HC Tackles Musical Trivia

By: Lois Carlisle, Executive Assistant

True or false: On January 25th, the award-winning smash musical Hamilton is coming to Columbia. We wish it were true. But on January 25th, Historic Columbia brings you the next best thing— Historic Happy Hour ! And this month, we’re tackling the Tony award-winning giant, Hamilton: An American Musical. What...

Garden Workshop

Learn All About Pruning at HC's Next Garden Workshop

By: Keith Mearns, Horticulturist

Most gardeners, myself included, are usually most excited by what we can add to our gardens. It just as important, though, to think about what we can remove from our gardens to achieve design goals. After you have finished your fall planting and clean-up, mid-winter is a perfect time to...

Claussen's Bakery

Claussen's Bakery: A Landmark of Industrial Columbia

On Thursday, January 17, we will take guests on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Claussen’s Bakery , a historic Five Points landmark that originated as Claussen’s Bakery in 1928. The building was built by George Frederick Claussen, the grandson of a German immigrant who had previously established a steam bakery...


A World-Class Museum of Reconstruction

By: Dawn Mills Campbell

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...

Modjeska Monteith Simkins

Help Tell Modjeska Simkins' Story

By: Megan Plott, Director of Development

Each year, Historic Columbia’s Annual Fund program supports a meaningful project that will have lasting impact on our community. This year’s annual fund is focused on the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House . Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins (pictured above)—considered "the matriarch of...

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A Historic Holiday Snapshot

By: John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources

On December 22, 1955, readers of The Columbia Record newspaper met a full-page chronicle of Columbia’s Gross family preparing to ring in the holidays. With husband Albert M. Gross ill and states away in Florida, wife Miriam wrangled her six children, ages 18 months through ten years, as the annual...

Bishop's Cap Napkin

#TipTuesday | How to Fold a Bishop's Cap Napkin

We're back today with another #TipTuesday! If you're entertaining this holiday season and want to add a touch of history to your party, check out this quick video on the history of the Bishop Cap napkin fold with Historic Columbia's director of historic house museums, Fielding Freed. This kind of...