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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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Best of breed....

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
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Salem, VA
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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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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
11 helpful votes 11 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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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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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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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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