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Robert Mills House & Gardens
Ranked #24 of 114 things to do in Columbia
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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.
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 history of both the Mills and Hampton-Preston homes. Everything in both houses was either from the original owners or donated by other families of Richland county. Going back tomorrow to tour the Mann-Simons Site, home of an African-American entreprenuerial family of the same era.

1  Thank Candice C
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

We visited the Robert Mills and Hampton-Preston houses on 6-25-13. Mitch, the manager at the gift shop, was great in arranging the tours for the day. Ann A., our guide at the Mills house, was very knowledgeable and gracious on a very hot day. She generously spent some extra time with us after the tour discussing the Woodrow Wilson house that is still being renovated. This was a highlight of our time in Columbia.

Thank Deirdre G
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Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

We recently attended a wedding held on the grounds of this beautiful estate. The buildings on the property are beautiful, old, and well-cared for, with the exception of whatever utility building housed the restrooms and kitchen. The restrooms are a little beat up looking. The highlight for us was the general beauty of the grounds and the gardens. There are two or three beautiful fountains, a lovely garden with paths and shaded little alcoves with benches for enjoying the afternoon. The reception was held under a tent in the large grassy yard and there was still room out of the tent for extra seating under the shade of some large old trees. It was a beautiful location for a wedding reception.

Thank NoOneSpecial12
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

While passing through Columbia, we decided to tour the Robert Mills House.

We arrived just in time for the last tour and it was about to rain. We only had about 15 minutes to tour the grounds before the tour.

Since time was of the essence, we were frustrated that the worker selling tickets at the museum gift shop did this long speech about joining the foundation before we could receive the tickets. Because of this, we never had time to shop the gift shop or truly tour the gardens. I realize the contributions to the foundation support the homes but the timing of his presentation was terrible. Most tours mention joining the foundation at the end of the tour and you are not held captive waiting to receive your tickets.

The docent conducting the tour was sweet but forgot many facts of the house and had to stop
and try to remember. Some new exibits had been added about Woodrow Wilson and she stopped with us to read the plaques. She commented that she had not done this tour in a while. She is more familiar with the Hampton-Preston house across the street.
Since she volunteers, we were patient with her and overall the tour was informative.

Unfortunately, when the tour was over, the museum gift shop was closed and it was raining. We really wanted to see the gardens so we grabbed our umbrellas and walked the grounds.

We hope to go back just to view the gardens.

Thank Cameron1999
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

its a beautiful old house from the 1700's they have tours. But please consider that the tours are obviously sanitized as to not reflect anything about the civil war and slavery. It focuses more on Mr. Mills and his family and their life.

1  Thank JeffSoward
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