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Address: 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone Number: 803.252.7742
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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.

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Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage.

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Beautiful house and gardens.

The Historic Columbia tour guide made the visit very interesting. She was knowledgeable and presented many facts and historic points. The house and grounds have been through... read more

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

The Historic Columbia tour guide made the visit very interesting. She was knowledgeable and presented many facts and historic points. The house and grounds have been through many changes and has had various uses. It is terrific that the house has been preserved and that Historic Columbia has continued to make it an interesting place to visit.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

We chose to take a Sunday afternoon tour for $1 with Historical Columbia. We had arrived early enough to walk around the grounds at the RMH and take in the gardens, and I'm glad we did. Our tour took us to the Hampton=Preston property across the street for the actual house tour. Such a nice way to spend some time!

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Piedmont, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Very beautiful location. Did not take a tour of the home, but the property and gardens are amazingly beautiful and well kept.

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phoenix
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2016

Nice grounds, house and gift shop in the heart of downtown Columbia that is worth a pitstop. I was there on a cloudy Saturday midday and the property appears to be in a work in progress needing more funding, but the vast majority of it looks good and if you are a garden lover, even in February, I enjoyed the... More 

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Chapin, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This was a guided tour of the property. The guide was well informed and the tour took us through the home and around the outside of the property.

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South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

I took my here for candle light tour. The guides did great job. The downstairs was more interesting. To see family dining room and the pantry and preparation rooms was worth the visit.

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Waterville, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Our guide gave us lots of information as we explored the home. The house was very interesting, but I could have done with less talking by the guide.

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Walworth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited on an unusually warm December day. The grounds are very nice, well tended, and very colorful. We were surprised at the number of plants still in bloom. Enjoyed our walk in the gardens and subsequent tour of the Woodrow Wilson home.

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Edisto Island, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We went on a rainy day, but the tour was excellent and the tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. The stories told about the house, each room and various furnishings were fantastic. Definitely worth a stop when you are in Columbia.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Enjoyed the tour of the home - loads of architectural details and a fascinating story. Be careful with this one though - the tours are rotated with 2 other historic homes so check before you go. Also ask about discounts - they have a senior and AAA discount which I didn't know about. Once I noticed it before the tour... More 

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