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Address: 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803.252.7742
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Description: One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert...
One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation's most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Today, the structure stands as a testament of its designer's architectural ability and the preservation efforts of generations of Columbians. --- Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage.
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Impressive ante-bellum home!

Our guide was a young woman getting her Masters in Museum Science and was Very enthusiastic. Even though it was off-season, the historic gardens were impressive

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Our guide was a young woman getting her Masters in Museum Science and was Very enthusiastic. Even though it was off-season, the historic gardens were impressive

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Beautiful house, well furnished. Very energetic and knowledgeable guide. Great information about the era. The only drawback was that the tour started late. Otherwise, it was excellent.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Preserved by Historic Columbia Foundation-it is the one of the many historic homes in Columbia. From the office you can brain directions to the other Historic Landmarks in Columbia.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Robert Mills House is a beautiful historic home and taking a tour is a great way to spend an afternoon in Columbia! Tours are informative and engaging with lots of interesting antiques to view. The grounds around the house are also lovely.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

My mother and I are huge Downton Abbey fans. For Christmas, I took her on the tour of historical homes in Columbia. I named it "Downtons of the South" and she loved every minute. The tour guides are friendly, knowledgeable, and passionate about preserving these homes and landmarks that hold a special place in the South's history. The gorgeous gardens,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Stunning house-it's red exterior really looks sharp. The gardens are beautiful. Tours are good and informative. Nice to see old places in Columbia still preserved for educational and historical needs. Solid history lesson of the house and Columbia is learned from a visit/tour of this house.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Nice grounds, and you get to go through a couple of the antique homes. There is a limited amount of staging (furniture and artifacts) in the homes. Strangely, the tour guide locked the tour group inside the homes with a skeleton key during the tour, which was dangerous should an emergency have occurred.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There was ample time to enjoy many displays set up outside the house. Our grandchildren particularly enjoyed seeing all the Halloween scarecrows that were there.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Columbia and Soth Carolina. Knowledgeable guides are happy to answer questions and the grounds are lovely for a stroll.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

During my visit to Columbia, SC I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful and historic Robert Mills House. The house was designed in 1823 for merchant Ainsley Hall and his wife. Unfortunately, Hall died before the house was completed and the house was sold to the Presbyterian Church. The mansion eventually became the sight of the Columbia Presbyterian Seminary.... More 

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