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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

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Address: 1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201-3439
Phone Number: 803 252 7742
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One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.

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Hampton Preston Mansion

If there is only one Southern mansion you ever visit I recommend this one as a model of the urban type. The History of the Prestons will attract the history buff as well as the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Mike H
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Columbia, South Carolina
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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

If there is only one Southern mansion you ever visit I recommend this one as a model of the urban type. The History of the Prestons will attract the history buff as well as the romantic. I recommend Mary Boykin Chestnut's Civil War diary as an excellent first hand account of this family

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Waterford, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

The house has been restored with reproduction and a few original pieces. The guide's narrative was detailed. The grounds are well kept.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The guide from Historic Columbia did a wonderful job with the historical information and presentation. The gardens are beautiful. The magnolias were still in bloom as were the day lilies and other flowers. The preservation work is ongoing in the gardens which will be even grander when complete. The house was filled with artifacts and furnishings of the period. The... More 

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I recommend a stop at this historic mansion if you are passing through Columbia. The guide was friendly and knowledgable and she made the visit very interesting. I learned more about the local area and the city's involvement in the Civil War. Very good stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

Our first time at the home. It was a candle light visit. Staff was knowledgable. It was was at night so could not see gardens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

This was a casual walking tour and they take you inside the houses. It is also connected with the Robert Mills House and Gardens tour. Good for a nice day to walk outdoors. We were lucky to do so as most of the trip it had been rainy. This is a historic area so you can actually drive around and... More 

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Anacoco
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

Well done verbal history. Unfortunately most of the history inside this house was lost during the Civil war. Very nice just do not expect to see a historical home that wad frozen in time and perfectly preserved.

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Dunlap, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

Erin provided an insightful and informative tour of this pre civil war home. It's piqued my interest to learn more about the families and the Urban life style of the era. Good job.

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Pueblo West, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

We stopped here thinking this would be a beautiful home. It was okay, some of the pieces were nice and the history was interesting but it got boring pretty fast.

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Houston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We had a very good guide, but the house is not furnished with family items--just things that fit into the period. The gardens are OK but still need work.

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