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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

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Address: 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803 252 7742
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.

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Christmas visit.

Our first time at the home. It was a candle light visit. Staff was knowledgable. It was was at night so could not see gardens.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2015
South Carolina
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South Carolina
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103 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Our first time at the home. It was a candle light visit. Staff was knowledgable. It was was at night so could not see gardens.

Thank rkilgo
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65 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This was a casual walking tour and they take you inside the houses. It is also connected with the Robert Mills House and Gardens tour. Good for a nice day to walk outdoors. We were lucky to do so as most of the trip it had been rainy. This is a historic area so you can actually drive around and... More 

Thank AkuByrd
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Well done verbal history. Unfortunately most of the history inside this house was lost during the Civil war. Very nice just do not expect to see a historical home that wad frozen in time and perfectly preserved.

Thank Aln357
Dunlap, Tennessee
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157 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Erin provided an insightful and informative tour of this pre civil war home. It's piqued my interest to learn more about the families and the Urban life style of the era. Good job.

Thank kaw54realestate
Pueblo West, Colorado
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77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here thinking this would be a beautiful home. It was okay, some of the pieces were nice and the history was interesting but it got boring pretty fast.

Thank whatadude
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43 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a very good guide, but the house is not furnished with family items--just things that fit into the period. The gardens are OK but still need work.

1 Thank Gloria_DHouston
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Not your typical Civil War-period mansion as the architect was unique (designed the Washington monument in D.C.) Well worth a visit despite how many 1850's homes you've seen!

1 Thank Gerald E
San Diego, California, USA
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

The Docent was very well versed in the history of this beautiful home that has gone through many lives. From elegant home to woman's finishing school to boarding house. Thank goodness it was preserved. The staircase is lovely, there is the original china that the family had specially made back in the early 1800's. Be prepared for stairs, a flight... More 

2 Thank Lydia B
Columbia, South Carolina
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

The home is definitely worth your time to see. I wish our guide would have been less "chatty" and focused more on the actual home , furnishings and lifestyle of that time period. That being said, I loved the old home and will go back again. My average rating is based on the tour information provided. The house itself gets... More 

4 Thank BeachLvr646
Salem, VA
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153 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

We toured three homes while in Columbia. Woodrow Wilson House, Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion. All three were interesting but the best of breed was the Hampton-Preston Mansion. While the restoration/preservation was excellent, the history provided by our docent, Erin, was superb. Heather provided us great tours of the Wilson and Mills mansions with wonderful history notes at... More 

4 Thank SnowAvoiderSalem_VA

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