The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills

Nestled in the shadow of the Robert Mills House, your visit to Historic Columbia begins at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

All house tours start at the Gift Shop, where you can purchase your admissions and peruse an array of locally-sourced, unique products. We carry our private label food products, handcrafted items from South Carolina artisans, books on local history, toys, candles, home accessories, jewelry and more. Join us throughout the year for book signings, special sales and membership specials, and your purchase at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills is always tax-free! The Gift Shop can special order items for your event and even create unique and beautiful gift baskets. All proceeds from the Gift Shop support Historic Columbia.

1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Located on the Henderson Street side of the property.
803.252.1770 ext. 25 |

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am - 4 pm
Sunday: 1 pm - 5 pm

Weekly Sales

  • Member's Day | Present your membership card and save 25% every Tuesday.
  • Senior Citizen Day | Save 25% every Wednesday when you present your drivers license or state ID.
  • Active Military Appreciation Day | Present your active military ID to save 25% every Thursday.
  • Collegiate Day | Save 25% with your current college ID every Friday.

John Sherrer's REMEMBERING COLUMBIA is an absolutely wonderful work of local history--but it is more than that. Through carefully-selected images accompanied by powerful narrative description, the author places the story of South Carolina's capital city in a larger historical context. REMEMBERING COLUMBIA is a most welcome addition to my bookshelf.    Walter Edgar - author of SOUTH CAROLINA: A HISTORY

Click HERE for a video of John Sherrer discussing his new book.

Columbia, South Carolina, is very much a tale of two cities. Founded as a political compromise, forged by an economy shackled by slavery, and physically vanquished by fire, the Palmetto State’s second capital became a proving ground for a new society less than a century after its establishment. During the course of the next 100 years, Columbians—new and old, black and white, rich and poor—would physically transform their city in ways that reflected their needs, aspirations, fears, and wherewithal. Remembering Columbia, by Historic Columbia's Director of Cultural Resources John Sherrer, is a visual road map that merges images with accounts of people, sites, and events pulled from historical newspapers, diaries, and ephemera. Building upon the efforts of previous generations, this account explores South Carolina’s capital city from its early years through the mid-20th century in ways previously underdeveloped or altogether unrepresented. The result is an intriguing detective story that will be enriching, surprising, and compelling to life-long residents, newcomers, and visitors alike.


We recognize that 19th century architecture poses some accessibility challenges and we are always working to improve access to our homes for all of our visitors. If you or your group have any accessibility concerns, please call 24 hours in advance of your tour so that we may best accommodate your needs. There is a small step to gain access to the Gift Shop where admission must be purchased. With 24 hour advance notice, we can place a ramp at the entrance to allow wheelchair access. Please contact 803.252.1770 ext. 24 for more information about accessibility at any of Historic Columbia's properties. Weekend visitors should contact Historic Columbia during regular weekday business hours to make arrangements for an upcoming visit.