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...

Skidmore wedding

Ashlin & Matt at Seibels House

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...

2019 Preservation Awards

2019 Preservation Award Winners

We're excited to announce the recipients of our 2019 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...

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...