In 1823, Columbia merchant Ainsley Hall and his wife Sarah hired Robert Mills to plan this stylish Classical Revival townhouse, one of few private residences he ever designed. Ainsley Hall died before the house was finished, and Sarah sold the mansion to the Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina and Georgia, which established a seminary there in 1831 and opened the educational chapter of the property’s history. In 1960, Columbia Bible College left the property under threat of demolition, inspiring the major grassroots movement that led to the founding of Historic Columbia. The house was saved from demolition in 1961, and received an extensive restoration, opening in 1967 as an historic house museum.
Tours of the Robert Mills House 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, 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