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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-252-7742
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Unique Historic Experience

The Hampton Preston house was built in 1818 and occupied a complete 4 acre city block. The Columbia... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Augusta, Georgia
Well maintained historical site

Our guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and welcomed and encouraged... read more

Reviewed 14 January 2018
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.
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1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-252-7742
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Hampton Preston house was built in 1818 and occupied a complete 4 acre city block. The Columbia Historic Society has restored it so that different rooms represent different periods in the house's history. It is best to take the tour which outlines the importance...More

Thank mlorahga
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Our guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and welcomed and encouraged questions. Thought it was interesting that each room toured represented a different period. Will return to see renovations to garden in future.

Thank plowe12000
Reviewed 16 November 2017

Ann took Marian and I on the tour. The old home is laid out like the plantations along the Mississippi delta. It was interesting to hear about the urban slaves vs rural slaves and understand the workings of the house and see original artifacts.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Best done on a combo ticket. Great woodwork, a few nice period furnishings. Mostly history blurbs on the political situation inthat era.

Thank travelroc12
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I did not visit the inside of this mansion, but the grounds outside are absolutely beautiful and worth taking a stroll around. They are still expanding the gardens, so part of it is just open lawn, but part is a formal garden, and part is...More

2  Thank kickie10
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Not all rooms available for viewing. Contains few original pieces. More just period furnishings.

1  Thank hil8986
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I've known the Hampton-Preston house, it's history & the story of the Hampton -Preston family(s) for 30 years, but had never been to Columbia, so all my knowledge was from books. Because of Hurricane Matthew, I evacuated up to Columbia from my home in Charleston...More

4  Thank yankeegenes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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...More

2  Thank Mike H
Reviewed 24 June 2016

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

1  Thank Sunflower53092
Reviewed 12 June 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...More

2  Thank sgcb2016
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