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Published on May 30th, 2017 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia Announces June 2017 Events

Pictured Historic Columbia Cemetery Tours. 

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Historic Columbia has an exciting calendar of events taking place in June. Throughout the month, join Historic Columbia in celebrating the beginning of Summer by attending a variety of events ranging from a historically fun Summer Camp, to a Second Sunday Roll bus tour of Lower Richland, to the always-popular Cemetery Tours. June is also a great time to wander through the historic gardens in the Robert Mills District. Visit for a full list of events.


Storytime in the Gardens

Wednesday, June 7 | 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. | Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

Join Historic Columbia and Richland County Public Library for a special outdoor Storytime in the Gardens. Enjoy stories and songs in the gazebo at the Hampton-Preston Mansion’s Henry Michael Powell Memorial Children’s Garden. In addition, participate in old fashioned historic games in gardens. This event is free and open to children of all ages. For more information, please call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or visit

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, June 8 | 7:30, 8 and 8:30 pm | Elmwood Cemetery

Historic Columbia’s popular Cemetery Tours series continues on Thursday, June 8. 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.

Second Sunday Roll | Lower Richland

Sunday, June 11 | 2 4:30 p.m. | Tour begins at Robert Mills Carriage House

Join Historic Columbia on an adventure though Lower Richland County during Second Sunday Roll presented by Seed Architecture. This bus tour will depart from the Robert Mills Carriage House and travel past historic sites in this part of the Richland County, including Wavering Place Plantation, The Barber House, Congaree Baptist Church, and other historic sites that date to the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. Second Sunday Roll is $8/adult and $4/youth for members and $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. Space is limited. To purchase tickets, visit, email or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Playing the Past | Historic Columbia Summer Camp

June 19-23 and July 10-14 | 9 a.m. 4 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House

Play your way through the past at Historic Columbia’s 2017 Summer Camp. History will come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds, and houses of Historic Columbia. Campers 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure in time as we explore what it was like to live in the past! Each day, children will explore the playful side of history through games, toys, sports, and amusement. From flying kites like Benjamin Franklin to your favorite childhood video game, this year’s camp is all fun and games…with a dose of history. This week-long camp is $160 for members and $200 for non-members. Contact Jennifer Gunter by email or call (803) 252-1770 ext. 26 for more information or to sign up your child today!

Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site

Sunday, June 18 | 1 4 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

The third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! On Sunday, June 18, visit the new exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same African American family for nearly 130 years. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, 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 to all other properties.

HOUSE TOURS:            

Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. Tours are free for members, $8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. Visit for more information.

Group Tours Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for 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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