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.