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 abuse of the slaves (told it like it was) and a fascinating view of long ago times. Small little gift shop in the Mills Home. The buildings are small for stately homes and if you are expecting Monticello or Versailles in France this is not the case. But if you like history and local interest these two houses are worth the visit in the delightful and charming city of Columbia. Try to go on a sunny day as this adds to the charm of the setting.
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