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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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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
Gerald E
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Garner
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Garner
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
16 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
40 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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553 attraction reviews
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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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83 reviews 83 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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33 reviews 33 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 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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8 attraction reviews
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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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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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Lexington, South Carolina
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274 reviews 274 reviews
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306 helpful votes 306 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Our docent, Heather, was very knowledgeable of the history of this beautiful house and it's occupants. Heather questioned us several times about odd period pieces and made the tour very interesting and interactive. Amazing that the exterior of this home was originally brick but was stuccoed to appear as blocks. Lovely symmetry in the architecture and furnished in the period,... More 

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