These two houses are connected in an interesting way. Ainsley Hall and his wife were living in the Hampton-Preston Mansion when Wade Hampton I offered to purchase the home at a price that Mr. Hall could not refuse. Since his wife did not want to give up her home, he then commissioned Robert Mills to build a 'bigger and better' house across the street. Unfortunately Ainsley Hall died before he moved his family into their new home and, due to a reversal of his finances; his wife never lived in the new home. The home was sold and became the Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Contributed by Barbara Chambers, partnership services manager.