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Historic Columbia to host Victorian Ladies' Tea Party on May 16

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Historic Columbia will host a Victorian Ladies’ Tea Party on Saturday, May 16. The program is open to Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts.

Historic Columbia's Victorian Ladies' Tea Party welcomes Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts to visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, South Carolina's presidential site, where they will have the opportunity to learn about Victorian customs, including calling cards and the language of the fan. The girls will also make Victorian-inspired crafts such as herb sachets and paper dolls. The highlight of the day will be a Victorian tea party where they will learn table manners and etiquette. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, May 12.

There will be two sessions of this program. The morning tea party will be from 10 am - 12 pm, and the afternoon tea party will be from 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Cost of the program is $8 per girl and $5 per adult. For further information and to make reservations, please call 803-252-1770 ex 36 or email

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Wilson family pew
Wilson family pew photo by author

Wilson family pew

Thias pew was used by the Wilson family while Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson, Woodrow's father, was the interim pastor, or "stated supply" at the First Presbyterian Church on Marion Street. 

gasolier photo by author


During the Wilson't time in Columbia, gas was the primary means of illumination. This gasolier has an added feature, notice the cord leading to the table, which allowed attachment of a lamp that could be moved around as needed. 

red shirt
red shirt photo by author

red shirt

This red shirt was a symbol of followers of General Wade Hampton III who became the first post-reconstruction Governor of South Carolina. Toward the end of reconstruction, several white resistance groups, such as the KKK, began to surface, the Red Shirts would fall into that category.

Woodrow Wilson birth bed
Woodrow Wilson birth bed photo by author

Woodrow Wilson birth bed

The bed that President Wilson was born in can be seen on the second floor of the house. Wilson was born in Staunton, Va. on December 28, 1856. During the restoration, this bed was on loan to the Wilson birthplace in Virginia.