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...

Wedding ceremony at Seibels House

Karen & Chris at Seibels House

We are excited to feature Karen and Chris’s stunning Seibels House and Gardens wedding for our first blog post in our new Historically Ever After series! Every detail in Karen and Chris’s day was thought through to create a simple and clean but dramatically elegant aesthetic to their day. They...

Wedding at Seibels House

Anna & Andrew at Seibels House

We are pleased to share Anna and Andrew’s beautiful wedding reception at Seibels House & Garden with you all. Following the ceremony at a nearby church, Anna and Andrew celebrated their special day against the romantic backdrop of Seibels House & Garden. The reception featured voluminous, elegant floral arrangements, which...

Wedding Party at RM Gardens

Karli & Ben at Robert Mills

The couple chose to host their intimate ceremony indoors, at the Robert Mills Carriage House . As thunder rolled overhead, the couple and their guests gathered together to celebrate the spirit of love and adventure. The wedding had a refined bohemian ambiance with the bride donning a custom crown of...

Wedding at Robert Mills House

Michelle & Austin at Robert Mills

The Shull wedding in early September was an occasion of grace and whimsy (with a little goofiness thrown in for good measure). Austin and Michelle married on the front lawn at the Robert Mills House , located at 1616 Blanding Street. We are pleased to be able to share their...

Bride and Groom at RMH

Styled Wedding Photoshoot at Robert Mills

Spring is right around the corner and love is in bloom at Historic Columbia’s verdant homes. Since the 1800s, visitors have traveled hundreds of miles to see our gardens. Seibels House was often mentioned in 19th- and 20th-century travelogues and articles with writers fawning over the foliage; postcards with the...

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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The Slave Dwelling Project Visits Historic Columbia Site

On Thursday, April 5, 2012, Joseph McGill, a field officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a Civil War 54th Regiment re-enactor, offered an unprecedented program for Historic Columbia Foundation. In an effort to heighten awareness in and support of preserving sites associated with slavery McGill spent the...

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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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Historic Civil Rights site is praised, then razed | The State Newspaper Features Recently Demolished Historic Site

By: Staff, Historic Columbia

On Saturday, July 21, 2012 a historic marker was placed at the Waverly Five and Dime store located at 2313 Gervais Street. Less than a week later the building was demolished by the First Nazareth Baptist Church, the current owners of the property. The State newspaper featured the following story...