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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

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Address: 1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
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+1 803-252-7742
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One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.

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Beautiful gardens and grounds

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... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
kickie10
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Decatur, Alabama
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Decatur, Alabama
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 a children's garden with gazebo, water pump to play in, and swing.

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Wapakoneta, Ohio
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7 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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Charleston, South Carolina
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14 reviews
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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 & was finally able to visit this beautiful site. I could have stayed for hours... More 

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Columbia, South Carolina
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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 an excellent first hand account of this family

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Waterford, CT
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131 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
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.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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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 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 May 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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South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 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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HONOLULU
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 November 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 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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