This May, Historic Columbia will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the construction of the Hampton-Preston Mansion and will unveil much-anticipated improvements to the site. This milestone re-opening in May 2018 will showcase the historic property in unprecedented ways intended to broaden appreciation for both the property and the people associated with it from 1818 through the mid-20th century. This debut will follow more than a year’s worth of comprehensive work—from capital repairs to the former estate’s mansion, to massive additions to the gardens and grounds, to a holistic re-evaluation and restructuring of the site’s historical interpretation.  

Please note: Hampton-Preston will remain open for tours during the majority of this process. Please visit the Tour Page for more information.

Special thanks to our sponsors

The capital improvements are made possible through the support of Richland County.

Phase II improvements are made possible through a private donation from The Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Foundation, Inc. Ongoing garden support is made possible by AgFirst and the Palmetto Garden Club.

Interpretive improvements are made possible through grants from AgFirst, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Richland County Conservation Commission, South Carolina Humanities and Synovus/NBSC.

For those who would like to support work at the Hampton-Preston Gardens, please contact Wendi Spratt, director of development, at 803.252.7742 x 12 or

Please join us for these upcoming events featuring Hampton-Preston!

Historic Columbia Garden Symposium | Early Horticultural History - Saturday, March 24

Dollar Sunday | Hampton-Preston - Sunday, April 15