Teachers will be able to tour the Robert Mills House and view their restored gardens. Light refreshments will be served and an opportunity will be provided to explore the programs and services that Historic Columbia offers to help supplement classroom instruction. All Historic Columbia educational programs track with the South Carolina Academic Social Studies Standards. All teachers will receive a 10% off coupon for the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.
The Historic Columbia Foundation operates three historic homes in Columbia. They are:
The Hampton-Preston Mansion: Originally built for a merchant named Ainsley Hall, the Hampton-Preston Mansion was purchased by General Wade Hampton I (grandfather of Wade Hampton III) and used by his family until 1873.
The Robert Mills House: Built for Ainsley Hall by his good friend, architect Robert Mills, in 1823 after Hall sold the Hampton-Preston Mansion (see above) it never served as a private home. Hall died shortly after construction began and the property was sold. It served as a Presbyterian Seminary, a boarding school for missionary children and, finally, as the Columbia Bible College, now Columbia International University. Because of this, there is only one family artifact in the house.
The Mann-Simons Cottage: Of particular interest to the African-American community, the Mann-Simons Cottage was the home of Celia Mann, a free black woman who, according to legend, walked from Charleston to Columbia. Home to her and her descendants until 1970, there were at times, up to 15 people living in this home.
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