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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC
803 252 7742
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Ranked #13 of 53 attractions in Columbia
Type: Historic Sites
Description: One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.
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Richmond, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

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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147 reviews 147 reviews
87 attraction reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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84 reviews 84 reviews
32 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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103 reviews 103 reviews
35 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to the Mansion. Quite a lot of hard work has gone into the restoration. The home is furnished with mostly period pieces. However, i was a bit disappointed in the lack of Hampton family furnishings. The docent was pleasant and knowledgable about the house. We also appreciated the exhibit about urban slavery in the basement of... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Took the combo ticket for about $15 per person for the Hampton and the Mills Mansion across the street. Docent guided tours of an hour each and lovely grounds. The docents were students studying preservation at the university and loved their subject. Their tours were full of stories about the quirks of the owners, the history of the buildings, the... More

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137 reviews 137 reviews
53 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013 via mobile

Mainly visited Columbia for Congaree NP, but we also joined volunteer docent-guided tours of several historic houses. Hampton-Preston Mansion is an excellent choice and probably the most interesting with the Robert Mills House being a close second. Recommend.

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Irmo, South Carolina
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25 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

Along with the Robert Mills home, it is great at christmas. They have a special tour during the holidays and depict how they lived back then in period costumes.

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