Behind-the-Scenes Tour | DeBruhl-Marshall House

DeBruhl-Marshall House 1401 Laurel St., Columbia

Go behind the scenes with Historic Columbia and explore this iconic landmark! Constructed in 1820 and named for its original owner, Lowcountry planter Jesse Debruhl, the DeBruhl-Marshall House is similar in style to the Robert Mills House, although its architect remains unknown. Residences of this style typically featured temple-like front facades, resembling ancient Greek and Roman public architecture. This…


Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

One hundred and sixty years of history will come to life during our popular Cemetery Tours! Grab your flashlight as we 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, our cemetery…


Hampton-Preston Mansion Women’s History Tour

Hampton-Preston Mansion 1615 Blanding, Columbia

2018 marked the 200th anniversary of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, one of South Carolina’s oldest structures. To commemorate this milestone, we reopened the site last May with an updated interpretation, new exhibits, hands-on interactive elements, expanded public gardens, a new exterior paint scheme and further improvements to the site’s structure and grounds. This month, residents of…

Research Roundtable | Preservation Visionaries Mabel Payne & Jennie Dreher

Seibels House 1601 Richland St., Columbia

Founded in 1961, Historic Columbia shared one major trait with other preservation-based organizations—it had women largely to thank for its existence. Join Director of Cultural Resources John Sherrer as we meet two key members of that tour de force – Jennie Dreher and Mabel Payne, whose respective efforts saved the Ainsley Hall House (today’s Robert…

Second Sunday Stroll | Five Points

Five Points Fountain Harden & Greene Streets, Columbia

Explore Five Points with Historic Columbia on Sunday, June 9 during our Weekend Strolls and Rolls program. Get to know one of the earliest planned suburbs of Columbia where the introduction of street car lines provided the catalyst for its explosive growth. Learn how Five Points became the first major commercial district in South Carolina…

Teacher Workshop

Seibels House 1601 Richland Street, Columbia

Join Historic Columbia for a two day professional development workshop on August 8 and August 9 from 9AM-4PM! Historic Columbia will present Reconstruction themed content and curriculum materials aligned with the NEW South Carolina Social Studies Standards, developed using resources provided by Historic Columbia, SCETV and the South Carolina Historical Society. In addition to curriculum…


Teacher’s Night Out

Hampton-Preston Mansion 1615 Blanding, Columbia

We’re inviting South Carolina teachers to start off the school year with Historic Columbia’s first ever Teacher’s Night Out! Teachers are invited to join us Thursday, August 15th for an evening in the Gardens at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Enjoy beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres as you explore the site and all of the resources available…

Research Roundtable

Seibels House 1601 Richland St., Columbia

Learn more about Historic Columbia’s research initiatives at the monthly Research Roundtable programs. August’s Research Roundtable will take attendees back 140 years into Reconstruction-era Columbia as captured through the camera lens of William Augustus Reckling. Thanks to a thoughtful donor, recently acquired Reckling stereoscope slides have allowed Historic Columbia to better interpret the capital city’s…

Spirits Alive!

Elmwood Cemetery 501 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia

Grab your flashlights and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities.

Palladium Fall Tour | Columbia Modern

Robert Mills House 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia

Palladium’s Annual Fall Tour Showcases Columbia’s Mid-Century Modern Design; Private homes tour and aviation-themed afterparty benefit Historic Columbia. This year’s theme, Columbia Modern, will kick off with a tour to showcase the best of Columbia’s mid-century modern architecture and design on Sunday, Nov 3 from 12 – 4pm. Guests will be able to pick up…