One of Columbia's oldest historic houses, the Hampton-Preston Mansion is situated on four-acres in the city center. Established in 1818 by an enslaved work force for a wealthy planter-class family, the site features a single structure and expansive gardens that have been recreated to represent the antebellum era. The house has had many uses over the years, including a private residence, a governor’s mansion, Union Army headquarters, a convent, educational institutions and commercial space. Rehabilitated in the late 1960s, the historic mansion opened in 1970 as the centerpiece of the Midlands Tricentennial Exposition Center.
Tours of the Hampton-Preston Mansion are available Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Purchase all house tickets in the Gift Shop on the grounds of the Robert Mills House, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Admission is free to all children under 6 years old and all Historic Columbia Foundation members. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more pricing information.
- Price Range Maximum: $$ - $101-150