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Robert Mills House & Gardens

Address: 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803.252.7742
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Ranked #18 of 52 Attractions in Columbia
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert Mills House exemplifies...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: 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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Columbia, South Carolina
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314 helpful votes 314 helpful votes
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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new england
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12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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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 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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Lexington, South Carolina
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216 helpful votes 216 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

When you enter the foyer your first impression is the symmetry of the doorways and no visible stairway to the upstairs area. This home was designed by the architect of the Washington Monument. Heather, the docent, was very knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the tour. Heather challenged us to be involved in guessing the purpose and use of some of the... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a great showpiece for South Carolina history, All of the old homes that have been rehabilitated and managed by the Columbia Historical Society are beautiful.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

It is so pleasant and interesting to visit the Robert Mills House. Much can be learned and the skills of the architect can be appreciated. There are very fine exhibits, not overpowering. In the middle of the city, there is a calm that allows you to meditate and ponder of how life was at the time it was built. There... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Visited the Robert Mills house one afternoon and enjoyed the tour very much. Our guide had lots of stories and you could tell she enjoyed her work which made it fun for us. I especially liked the curved back door entry with 2 doors! Tours were only on the hour so we walked through the garden while we waited.

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Stonington, Connecticut
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

Very interesting tour of the Robert Mills and House & Gardens and Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens. Both docents were very knowledgeable and entertaining and I learned a lot about the lifestyle of the planter-class in the pre- and post- Civil War era just by the objects in the house and how they were used. Many fascinating stories attached to the... More 

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