Published on June 27th, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia Announces July 2018 Events

Pictured Historic Columbia Summer Camp. 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Historic Columbia has an exciting calendar of events taking place in July for guests of all ages. We start off the month with the second session of Summer Camp ’68. Other programs in July range from our popular tour of Elmwood Cemetery, to a Storytime in the Gardens,  and the inaugural Research Roundtable, a new monthly program that will allow guests insight in to Historic Columbia’s most recent research projects!  The full July calendar of events is highlighted below.


Closed for the Fourth of July 

In observance of the Fourth of July holiday, all house museum’s managed by Historic Columbia, including the Robert Mills House & GardensHampton-Preston Mansion & GardensMann-Simons Site and the Woodrow Wilson Family Home will be closed on Wednesday, July 4. 

Summer Camp ‘68

July 9 – 13 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House

Travel back 50 years in time and explore life during the summer of 1968 at Historic Columbia’s Summer Camp ’68, which will take place the week of July 9-13. Campers ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time and see history come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Campers will lead a movement, embrace the flower power by tie-dying shirts, take part in a Summer Olympics relay, and much more. Discover the entertainment, music, sports, and discoveries of this dynamic and exciting year! Summer Camp is $160 for Historic Columbia members and $200 for non-members. Participants must complete both the registration form and waiver before they can register. For more information, visit, call 803-252-1770 x 26 or email 

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, July 12 | 7:30, 8, and 8:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery

Grab your flashlight and 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, Historic Columbia’s Cemetery Tours are an event the whole family can enjoy. Choose from two tour options: “Secrets from the Grave Tours” and “Moonlight Cemetery Tours.” Tickets are $8/adult and $4/youth for members and $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit, email or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

  • Secrets from the Grave Tours, 7:30 p.m. –Study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in the historic Elmwood Cemetery.
  • Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 p.m. – Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries.

 Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site

Sunday, July 15 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a tour of the Mann-Simons Site for only $1 from 1 – 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 15 during Historic Columbia’s Dollar Sunday. The Mann-Simons Site, home to the same entrepreneurial African American family for nearly 130 years, traces the journey of Columbia’s African American community from enslavement through urban renewal. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions. Tickets can be purchased at the Mann-Simons Site, located at 1403 Richland Street. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! To learn more call 803-252-1770 x 23 or email 

Storytime in the Gardens

Monday, July 16 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Hampton-Preston Gardens

Join Historic Columbia and Richland County Public Library for a special outdoor Storytime in the Gardens from 10 – 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16. Enjoy stories and songs in the gazebo at the Hampton-Preston Mansion’s Henry Michael Powell Memorial Children’s Garden. In addition, participate in historic games in gardens. This free event will take place in the Hampton-Preston Mansion Gardens, located at 1615 Blanding Street and is open to children of all ages.

Research Roundtable: Tracing 200 Years at Hampton-Preston

Tuesday, July 24 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

Join Historic Columbia for their inaugural Research Roundtable, a new monthly program that will allow guests insight into Historic Columbia’s most recent research projects. In May, Historic Columbia commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Hampton-Preston Site with enhanced interpretation, additional period rooms and vignettes and new gardens. Behind each improvement is a story involving building evidence, historic records and additions to the museum collection. Join director of cultural resources John Sherrer as he spotlights the process behind the product during this month’s research roundtable! To learn more call 803-252-1770 x 23 or email          


Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Robert Mills House & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. For a more detailed tour schedule, visit

Group Tours

Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour groups of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. To schedule a group tour, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email 

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 or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.


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