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...
Hampton-Preston Phase 3
2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, one of South Carolina’s oldest structures. To commemorate this milestone, we reopened the site on May 12, 2018 with an updated interpretive and structural improvements.
This year, Hampton-Preston will complete its final phase of renovations.
The main goal of this project is to increase the capacity of the site to meet the needs of multiple constituents.
This includes students, groups, rental guests and the general public. Classrooms will be added to the basement for education space, as well as restrooms and a sunken patio outside for rental events. This sunken patio feature re-establishes the footprint of the house ca. 1848/50 addition that was later removed.
During the coming months, the basement and North-facing side of Hampton-Preston will be transformed into a handicap accessible education and venue space. Updates will include:
- Educational spaces
- Rear “patio” feature
- Men’s & women’s restrooms
- Bridal party suite/sitting room
- Improved lighting
- Dual entry to the rear main level of the building
The plantings included in the sunken patio will complement the space without impinging on its functionality. Examples of plants that may be included are dwarf fall-blooming camellias, dwarf bottlebrush, and dwarf canna lilies.