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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.

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Unique home!

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Garner
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Houston
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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.

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Garner
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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!

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San Diego, California, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 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 

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Salem, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 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 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The gardens are stunning. The plants are beautiful. Take a pic of the gardens. The house is well maintained. Nice to see old structures still preserved in its gory. Tours of the house are give. read up on the history of the house and read up on its haunting=good stuff

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

visited and enjoyed the information given by the docents.....had lived near and driven by this house for years and it was well worth learning the history behind it!

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San Marcos, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Interesting history to the building and grounds. They also have a nice gift shop. At different times of the year the garden may look quite different.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was one of the three houses I visited during my stay in Columbia, S.C. You will be given an excellent one-hour tour of the house's history. The tour guides are friendly, patient, and eager to answer all your questions. Bring a camera to capture the beautiful gardens that surround the house. And make sure to visit the Robert Mills... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We went by and inquired about a tour here and found some wonderful guides, more like a Columbia Concierge service. . When asking about the tours they told us about the weekly farmer's/craft market that was going on just a few blocks away. So we went to that first (which was fantastic) then came back and did 2 of the... More 

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Additional Information about Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

Address: 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803 252 7742
Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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