COLUMBIA, S.C. (June 14, 2016)—The children are time traveling while the adults are pruning their camellias with care. Beat the heat with Historic Columbia this July. The full July events calendar is below.
Historic House Museum Tours Tuesday – Saturday | 10am-3pm
Sunday | 1-4pm | Tours leave at the top of the hour
Our historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, or Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. For a more detailed tour schedule, visit historiccolumbia.org.
Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for your group of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. Contact our tour and program coordinator at 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or [email protected]
On display June 2 through July 30 | Mann-Simons Site, 1403 Richland Street
Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 1 – 4pm or by appointment | Group tours also available by reservation
Historic Columbia, Palmetto Curatorial Exchange, and Connelly & Light present Route to (re)settlement, the first installment of an exhibition series examining the stories of African American communities in South Carolina, featuring works by acclaimed artists Rashid Johnson and Henry Taylor, alongside up-and-coming artists, Michi Meko, Victoria—Idongesit Udondian and Fletcher Williams, III. By honoring Southern black oral histories and stories in music, food, textiles, spiritualism, and other cultural customs, the works in this exhibition illustrate the development of how these stories have been told through the past to present. The interaction between the works and the Mann-Simons Site encourages discussion about the site’s history as a home, work place, spiritual center and source of pride for almost 200 years and its future. Free.
July 11 – 15 | 9am – 4pm
History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds, and houses of Historic Columbia. Campers ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past!
Travel back in time this summer with Historic Columbia! Over the course of five days, campers will experience what life was like in the past through games, crafts, and fun activities. Beginning with the space race of the 1960s and ending with the founding of
Columbia in the 1780s, campers will travel further back each day to interact with the technology, culture, games, music, and entertainment popular in famously hot Columbia throughout the years. Member cost $160. Non-member $200. Camp is open to all children ages 8-12. Contact Celia Galens, [email protected]; 803-252-1770 ext. 26 for more information or to sign your child up today!
Thursday, July 14 | 7:30, 8 & 8:30pm | Elmwood Cemetery
One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we tour one of Columbia’s oldest cemeteries and discover centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within Elmwood Cemetery’s acres of carefully planned grounds. The perfect after-work activity, our cemetery tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. Members: $8 adults & $4 youth | Non-members: $12 adults & $6 youth.
Choose from two tour options every month through September:
* Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 pm: Join us before dark to study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in this historic cemetery.
* Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 pm: Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries.
Sunday, July 17 | 1 – 4pm
Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! This month, visit the Hampton-Preston Mansion for Dollar Sunday. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours leave at the top of the hour from 1 pm – 4 pm. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.
Saturday, July 30 | 9:30 – Noon
Speaker/Instructor: Dan Clayton, owner of Paradise Plants Plus, camellia nursery specializing in pre-1900 camellia varieties. Every landscape in the South has at least one camellia. Come join expert camellia gardener, Dan Clayton, to learn the ins and outs of camellia propagation, pruning, and fertilization. This hands on, 2.5-hour workshop will equip you with the skills to cultivate award-winning plants in your own garden. Dan will also have historic camellias on hand for purchase.
For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org
About Historic Columbia:
In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.