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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

Address: 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803 252 7742
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Ranked #12 of 53 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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641 reviews 641 reviews
510 attraction reviews
318 helpful votes 318 helpful votes
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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14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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218 helpful votes 218 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Historic Columbia group that runs this home and tour also does three others in this neighborhood. The great thing about this is that you can tour multiple homes in one day (it's much cheaper when you do more than one in one day). And because all the tours leave from the gift shop across the street, you can schedule... More 

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socarolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

There are several historic houses in Columbia, and this is a nice one. The trouble is, most of the stately old mansions were destroyed and looted by Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman's troops in the burning of Columbia in the Civil War.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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121 reviews 121 reviews
44 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The place is wonderfully restored. The tour guide provides a relaxing yet insightful explanation of what is displayed as well as information how it relates to the history of the city.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

As Arizona residents, we found this tour to be extremely educational giving us much better insight into both the North and the South as far as the Civil War is concerned and the effects of the war economically and on the people in the community. We were very impressed with the knowledge of history of both the house and of... More 

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