Holiday House Tours
November 15 - December 30
Make your holidays historic!
Guests are invited to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both historic homes between Wednesday, November 15, and Saturday, December 30, 2023. Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th century.
At the Robert Mills House, guests will see how a home of its size might have been decorated in the 1820s during the time before Christmas trees were popular. Across the street at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Christmas of the 1850s was very different from today, but some current holiday traditions have their roots from this time. Eggnog, poinsettias and Christmas trees were all part of the Victorian era holidays. Guests will have the opportunity to view artifacts and learn about holiday traditions involving Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year celebrations.
Due to Candlelight Tours, there will be no 3:00 p.m. tour on Saturday, December 9.
Please note there will be no standard tours of the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion during holiday tour dates. The holiday tour is your only option for these two homes, but you can take a tour of the Museum of Reconstruction at the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, or the combined Journey to Freedom Tour of the Mann-Simons Site and Modjeska Monteith Simkins House.
Please note Historic Columbia is closed for tours on the following dates in observance of the holidays:
- Thursday, Nov. 23
- Friday, Nov. 24
- Saturday, Dec. 23
- Sunday, Dec. 24
- Monday, Dec. 25
- Tuesday, Dec. 26
Plan Your Visit
The historic homes are located adjacent to one another, but guests will have to walk between them. Please note guests with mobility issues will not be able to experience the full house tours as there are stairs in both exhibits.