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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-252-7742
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Super exterior, not much inside

Best done on a combo ticket. Great woodwork, a few nice period furnishings. Mostly history blurbs... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2017
Lakeland, Florida
Beautiful gardens and grounds

I did not visit the inside of this mansion, but the grounds outside are absolutely beautiful and... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
Decatur, Alabama
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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 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.

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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

3  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
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.

2  Thank Kendall A
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.

Thank rkilgo
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...More

1  Thank AkuByrd
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