House Tours

Woodrow Wilson Family Home: A Museum of Reconstruction (NEW)

SC Social Studies Standards

  • Kindergarten: K-1.1, K-1.2, K-1.3
  • 1st Grade: 1-1.1, 1-1.3
  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.1, 2-2.1, 2-2.4
  • 3rd Grade: 3-4.6
  • 4th Grade: 4-6.5
  • 5th Grade: 5-1.1, 5-1.2, 5-1.3, 5-1.4
  • 8th Grade: 8-5.1, 8-5.2, 8-5.3, 8-5.4, 8-5.8
  • High School USHC-3.3, USHS-3.4, USHC-4.6, USHC-5.4

Former President Woodrow Wilson's family once called this site their home while living in Columbia during the midst of the Reconstruction era. This tour introduces students to the political, economic and social aspects of Reconstruction in Columbia, the changing definition of citizenship and the experiences of young Woodrow Wilson in Columbia during the 1870s. Discussion topics include the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, effects of the Civil War on South Carolina residents and the lasting legacy of the Reconstruction era.

Tour Themes: Reconstruction, Citizenship, African American History

Robert Mills House Tour

SC Social Studies Standards

  • Kindergarten: K-4, K-4.1
  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.4
  • 3rd Grade: 3.4, 3-4.1
  • High School USHC-2.4

SC Visual Arts Standards

  • Kindergarten: VAK-1.2, VAK-2.1, VAK-4.1, VAK-5.2
  • 1st Grade: VA1-1.2, VA1-3.1, VA1-4.1
  • 2nd Grade: VA2-1.1, VA2-3.1, VA2-4.1
  • 3rd Grade: VA3-1.2, VA3-3.1, VA3-4.1,
  • 4th Grade: VA4-1.1, VA4-3.1, VA4-4.1
  • 5th Grade: VA5-1.1, VA5-3.1, VA5-4.1
  • 6th Grade: VA6-1.1, VA6-3.1
  • 7th Grade: VA7-1.1
  • 8th Grade: VA8-1.1

Relating the story of nationally prominent architect and South Carolina native Robert Mills and the history of the building, this tour teaches students about life in 19th-century South Carolina, the story of the preservation of the structure in the 1960s, and this National Historic Landmark's important architectural features. 

Tour Themes: Architecture, Antebellum, Religion

Mann-Simons Site Tour

SC Social Studies Standards

  • Kindergarten: K-4, K-4.1
  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.4, 2.3, 2-3.2, 2-3.5
  • 3rd Grade: 3.4, 3-4.1, 3-5.1
  • 5th Grade: 5-3.1, 5-3.2
  • 8th Grade: 8-1.4
  • High School: USHC-4.3, USHC-6.1

SC Visual Arts Standards

  • Kindergarten: VAK-1.2, VAK-4.1, VAK-5.2
  • 1st Grade: VA1-1.2, VA1-3.1, VA1-4.1
  • 2nd Grade: VA2-1.1, VA2-3.1, VA2-4.1
  • 3rd Grade: VA3-1.2, VA3-3.1, VA3-4.1
  • 4th Grade: VA4-1.1, VA4-3.1, VA4-4.1
  • 5th Grade: VA5-1.1, VA5-3.1, VA5-4.1
  • 6th Grade: VA6-1.1, VA6-3.1, VA6-4.1
  • 7th Grade: VA7-1.1, VA7-4.1
  • 8th Grade: VA8-1.1, VA8-4.1
  • High School: VAH1-4.2

The Mann-Simons Site was the home of Celia Mann, a free-black midwife who lived in Columbia before the Civil War. Mann’s descendants occupied the house until 1970 when preservationists saved the home from demolition. This tour can be used to introduce students to the history of Columbia’s African American community by examining the lives of the different generations of the Mann and Simons families who inhabited it during the antebellum, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, and Civil Rights eras. 

Tour Themes: African American History, Reconstruction, Antebellum

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Modjeska Monteith Simkins House Tour

We recommend learning more about local Civil Rights history by adding on a visit to the nearby Modjeska Monteith Simkins House. This one-story cottage was Simkins’ home for 60 years and used not only as a residence but for lodging and as a meeting space for local and national civil rights leaders and NAACP lawyers such as Thurgood Marshall during a time when blacks were excluded from city hotels.  Simkins worked for social reform all her life, when it was not only difficult for her to be of color but also a woman. Heavily involved with the NAACP and other activist groups, Simkins' most significant work was on the 1950 South Carolina Federal District Court case Briggs v. Elliott, a lawsuit that called for equalization of black Clarendon County Schools with white schools. This case was eventually reworked as one of several cases that directly challenged the "separate but equal" doctrine in the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education in 1954. 

Hampton-Preston Mansion Tour

SC Social Studies Standards

  • Kindergarten: K-4, K-4.1, K-4.4
  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.4, 2-4.2
  • 3rd Grade: 3.2.5, 3.4, 3-4.1, 3-4.2, 3-4.4, 3-4.5, 3-4.6
  • 4th Grade: 4-3.4, 4-4.3, 4-6.5
  • 8th Grade: 8-1.4, 8-3.1, 8-4.5, 8-4.6, 8-5, 8-5.6
  • High School: USHC-2.4, USHC-6.1, USHC-6.2

SC Visual Arts Standards

  • Kindergarten: VAK-1.2, VAK-2.1, VAK-4.1, VAK-5.2
  • 1st Grade: VA1-1.2, VA1-3.1, VA1-4.1
  • 2nd Grade: VA2-1.1, VA2-3.1, VA2-4.1
  • 3rd Grade: VA3-1.2, VA3-3.1, VA3-4.1
  • 4th Grade: VA4-1.1, VA4-3.1, VA4-4.1
  • 5th Grade: VA5-1.1, VA5-3.1, VA5-4.1
  • 6th Grade: VA6-1.1, VA6-3.1, VA6-4.1
  • 7th Grade: VA7-1.1, VA7-4.1
  • 8th Grade: VA8-1.1, VA8-4.1
  • High School: VAH1-4.2

The Hampton-Preston Mansion once was home to one of South Carolina's most powerful and prestigious planter class families. This tour introduces students to the people who lived and worked at the site during and after Civil War. This includes the enslaved workers at the site, the antebellum planter-class families, and the students of the Chicora College for Women in the early 20th century.

From the antebellum south through the roaring 20s, women and their roles in society changed drastically over the course of a century.  Each room in the mansion provides insight into the history and progress of women from the time it was occupied by families through the time it housed the Chicora College for Women.  An option for this tour would be to focus more on the lives of the women who worked, played, and stayed in the Hampton-Preston Mansion and at the site.

Tour Themes: Civil War Era, Antebellum, African American History, Women's History

Download  THE TEACHING GUIDE FOR HAMPTON-PRESTON

Robert Mills Garden Tour

SC Social Studies Standards

  • Kindergarten: K-1.2, K-4.2, K-4.4, K-1.1, K-1.4, K-2.4
  • 1st Grade: 1-1.3, 1-2.1, 1-2.2, 1-2.3, 1-2.4, 1-2.5, 1-2.6
  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.4
  • 3rd Grade: 3-1.3, 3-2.5, 3-5.6
  • 6th Grade: 6-2.3, 6-2.9
  • 8th Grade: 8-1.3
  • High School: USHC-2.4

This guided tour features the Founder's Garden, herb gardens and My Mother's Garden at the Robert Mills House property. Students will learn about the various plants, herbs and trees that adorn the Robert Mills House grounds. Depending on the season, students may learn about vegetables planted at 19th-century homes, heirloom flowers and old garden roses. Students will have an opportunity to plant a seed and take home a dried herb of their choice. This tour addresses both social studies and science standards.

Tour Themes: Natural Science and Landscape Architecture

Digging History at Historic Columbia

SC Science Standards

  • 3rd Grade: 3-1.1, 3-1.3, 3-1.8
  • 5th Grade: 5-1.1, 5-1.4, 5-1.6, 5-1.8
  • 6th Grade: 6-1.1, 6-1.2, 6-1.5
  • 7th Grade: 7-1.1, 7-1.2, 7-1.7
  • High School: USHC-2.4

SC Social Studies Standards

  • 2nd Grade: 2-1.4

This program teaches students about archaeology using Historic Columbia sites at which archaeological digs have been done in the past. Students learn how archaeology helps us to understand history and perform a simulated dig to uncover and record information about artifacts. It addresses not only social students but also math and science skills.