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Historic Columbia to hold Homeschool Friday on May 2

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Historic Columbia will hold it monthly Homeschool Friday program on May 2. Homeschool Friday is open to all homeschool students. It is held on the first Friday of every month during the school year.

This month’s program will teach students 19th century skills. Students will rotate between stations to learn 19th century skills associated with the different classes of people living in Columbia before and after the Civil War. From butter churning to silver polishing, practice the skills 19th-Century children needed to prepare for adulthood.

All homeschool students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia's Homeschool Friday programs. Each month's program includes hands-on activities while students learn and explore different themes and historic sites. Homeschool Fridays programs are designed for students of elementary and middle school age levels.

Cost of the program is $5 per student. Participants will meet in the Gift Shop at Robert Mills at 1616 Blanding Street. Reservations can be made by calling 803-252-1770 ex 36 or emailing jquint@historiccolumbia.org.

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Hampton-Preston Mansion
Hampton-Preston Mansion photo by author

Hampton-Preston Mansion

The Hampton-Preston Mansion is the oldest of the HC houses. Built in 1818 for Ainsley Hall, it was purchased by Gen. Wade Hampton I in 1823. After the Civil War it became a convent, a women's college and was made into a historic house in 1972.

Robert Mills House
Robert Mills House photo by author

Robert Mills House

The Robert Mills House was supposed to be the home of Ainsley Hall but he died while the house was under construction and had to be sold. It was a Presbyterian Seminary for almost 100 years. In the 1930s it was the home of the Columbia Bible College, now Columbia International University. It was opened as a historic house in 1967.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Woodrow Wilson Family Home photo by author

Woodrow Wilson Family Home

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home reopened in February after 9 year restoration project. It is now a Museum on the effects of Reconstruction in Columbia and Richland County as well as South Carolina's only Presidential Site. 

Mann-Simons site
Mann-Simons site photo by author

Mann-Simons site

The Mann-Simons Site is of particular interest to the African-American Community. It weas the home of the descendants of  Celia Mann from the 1870s to the 1970s. Ghost structures indicate where outbuiildings stood in 1900.

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