Properties & Gardens

Properties & Gardens

Our historic houses and gardens tell fascinating, entertaining stories about the complex lives of Columbia’s early families.

Robert Mills House and Gardens

One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert Mills House showcases the skill of the architect who designed some of our nation's most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Learn more

Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

One of Columbia's oldest remaining houses, the Hampton-Preston Mansion was home to two planter-class families. This historic site featured gardens renowned for the size and variety of their plantings. Learn more

Mann-Simons Site

Although only one house stands today, the Mann-Simons Site was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African American family from at least 1843 until 1970. Learn more

Modjeska Monteith Simkins House

Built between 1890 and 1895, this one-story cottage was home to Modjeska Monteith Simkins, considered "the matriarch of Civil Rights activists of South Carolina," from 1932 until her death on April 5, 1992. Learn more

Seibels House and Garden

The Seibels House, believed to be the oldest remaining house in Columbia, is over 200 years old. Often mentioned in 19th- and 20th-century travelogues for its architecture and beautiful gardens, today the home functions primarily as a venue for private events and weddings. Learn more

Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction

Woodrow Wilson’s family built a house in Columbia during the height of Reconstruction. Although the home has changed hands many times since then, it stands as a reminder of how our city struggled to rebuild itself in the post-war era. Learn more