Published on December 31st, 2019 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Historic Columbia Serves Up Packed January Calendar including 100th Anniversary of Prohibition Event

COLUMBIA, S.C.— Ring in the New Year with Historic Columbia, which hosts a full slate of January programs and events including an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Columbia Down Under, a Research Roundtable and a special Happy Hour commemorating the 100th anniversary of the enactment of Prohibition with a Speakeasy event. The full January calendar is highlighted below.

Behind-the-Scenes Tour | Columbia Down Under

Thursday, Jan. 9 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Arcade Mall | HC Members Only

Back by popular demand, Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour series opens the doors to Columbia Down Under. Experience a group of shops, bars and restaurants that operated between 1972 and 1974 just below the surface of the Arcade Mall on the 1300 block of Columbia’s Main Street. Guests will have a chance to speak with the property owners and learn about future plans for the Equitable Arcade. While taking this exclusive tour, enjoy wine, beer and light hors d’oeuvres.  Registration is limited to Historic Columbia members only. Visit, email or call (803) 252-7742 x 15.

Historic Happy Hour | Speakeasy at Seibels House

Friday, Jan. 17 | 6 – 8 p.m. | Seibels House

Exactly 100 years ago on January 17th, 1920, Prohibition went into effect following the ratification of the 18th Amendment. It didn’t take long for speakeasy locations to pop up in cities and rural areas across the nation. Join Historic Columbia as we commemorate the enactment of Prohibition as Seibels House becomes a speakeasy for one night only. Register in advance to receive the password for admission, listen to the ragtime and jazz music from the period, enjoy the fun that can’t be stopped by Prohibition. Learn more about the only amendment to be repealed and the arguments for and against its enactment at the event from 6 – 8 p.m. on January 17at the Seibels House, located at 1601 Richland Street.

Drinks and light appetizers are included with admission. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. There is limited space and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. To register, visit, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email

Dollar Sunday | Hampton-Preston Mansion

Sunday, Jan. 19 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Hampton-Preston Mansion

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. During its years as a private residence, enslaved women made up a significant portion of the sites residents, but left little to no records behind. Their white owners were predominantly women who had few rights of their own, but directed daily operations on the

property. Years later, the site became home to a women’s college that embraced new-found roles and responsibilities for women, and the societal expectations put upon them. Join us at this special Dollar Sunday to learn more about the complicated lives of women associated with Hampton-Preston Mansion throughout the site’s history. Tours leave at the regular tour hours at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills located at 1616 Blanding Street. General admission prices apply to all other properties.

75th Commemoration of the Liberation of Auschwitz
Tuesday, Jan. 28 | 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. | USC Alumni Center

Commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated by The United Nations General Assembly to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945, at this event presented by the South Carolina Council on the Holocaust. The event will honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust and millions of other victims of Nazism in this ceremony featuring keynote speaker Elisha Wiesel, an American businessman and the only child of author and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel.

Research Roundtable | Garden Updates for the Robert Mills Grounds

Tuesday, Jan. 28 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

Join Historic Columbia for their monthly Research Roundtable from noon – 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28. While the Robert Mills House did not historically have formal gardens, the current landscape reflects the most probable design elements that would have been included by a landscape architect hired by the home’s original owner, Ainsley Hall. This scheme is rooted in the English Landscape designs that became popular in the 18th century in England, which made its way to the United States and can be seen in the landscapes of estates such as George Washington’s Mt. Vernon and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Inspired by the insistence of the Founding Fathers of the near exclusive use of native species in their landscapes, we have developed a Living Collections Policy for the Robert Mills house that seeks to employ plants native to the Eastern United States in all roles in the garden. This approach is entirely unique for the state of South Carolina, as it aims to fit native species into a well known and loved landscape design, without compromising structure or performance.

Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program. Tickets are free for members and $5 for non-members. To register, visit, call (803) 252-1770 x 23 or email

HOUSE TOURS:             

Historic House Museum Tours
House tours are offered Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours are free for members and $10/adults and $7/youth non-members. Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding Street, to purchase admission.

Historic Columbia will be closed to the public on New Year’s Day, January 1st, 2020.

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.


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