Historic Columbia Announces August 2017 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, July 24, 2017 – August 2017 is a month for the history books with the once-in-a-lifetime Total Solar Eclipse making its path directly over Columbia, S.C. on Monday, August 21. To celebrate, Historic Columbia has a full-line up of events and tours to mark this historic moment, including a Historic Water Balloon Battle, walking tours of Main Street and The Vista and Historic Eclipse in the Gardens. Below is a list of Historic Columbia’s August events. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.

CALENDAR OF PROGRAMS & EVENTS:

Storytime in the Gardens

Thursday, August 10 | 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. | Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

Join Historic Columbia and Richland County Public Library for a special outdoor Storytime in the Gardens. Enjoy stories and songs in the gazebo at the Hampton-Preston Mansion’s Henry Michael Powell Memorial Children’s Garden. In addition, participate in old fashioned historic games in gardens. This event is free and open to children of all ages. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, August 10 | 7:308 and 8:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery

Historic Columbia’s popular Cemetery Tours series continues on Thursday, August 10. Grab your flashlight and 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, Historic Columbia’s Cemetery Tours are an event the whole family can enjoy. Choose from two tour options: “Secrets from the Grave Tours” and “Moonlight Cemetery Tours.” Tickets are $8/adult and $4/youth for members and $12/adult and $6/youth for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

  • Secrets from the Grave Tours7:30 p.m. – Study the symbols found on many of the markers and headstones in the historic Elmwood Cemetery.
  • Moonlight Cemetery Tours, 8 & 8:30 p.m. – Tour Elmwood Cemetery and discuss the lives, burials, cemetery plots and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia's 19th and 20th centuries.

Historic Water Balloon Battle

Friday, Aug. 18 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Looking for ways to cool down during the Total Eclipse Weekend? Join Historic Columbia for their third annual Historic Water Balloon Battlefrom 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 18. Using water balloons, guests will break into teams to learn about military tactics through history and battle on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens. After the water battle, relax with drinks and light appetizers on the grounds of the historic site. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23 to purchase tickets.

Main Street Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug 20 | 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. | Tour begins in front of the State House

Get to know South Carolina’s capital city during the Total Eclipse Weekend and take a guided walking tour of Columbia’s Main Street with Historic Columbia. Offering more than 150 years of architectural trends, Columbia's Main Street is a physical legacy of its citizens' aspiration and accomplishments. See the city's oldest "skyscraper," an IBM-punch-card-inspired office building and the State Capitol. Walk through Columbia's first indoor shopping mall and learn how an old department store became an art museum. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. To purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Main Street Tour dates and times:

Congaree Vista Walking Tour

Saturday, Aug. 19 and Sunday, Aug 20 | 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. | Tour begins in front of the State House

Get to know South Carolina’s capital city during the Total Eclipse Weekend and take a guided walking tour of Columbia’s Congaree Vista with Historic Columbia. Historically a residential, light industrial, mercantile and transportation district, the Congaree Vista comprises almost 800 acres. Bounded by the Congaree River to the west and Assembly Street to the east, this portion of South Carolina’s downtown features a mixture of historically significant buildings with architecturally sympathetic re-development and infill projects. The product of considerable capital investment beginning in the 1970’s, the Vista today features loft, apartment and townhouse residences, restaurants and bars, specialty shops, and offices. Officially referred to as the West Gervais Street Historic District, the Congaree Vista is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is protected as an architectural conservation district by the City of Columbia. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for youth. To purchase tickets, visit HistoricColumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Congaree Vista Tour dates and times:

Dollar Sunday | Mann-Simons Site

Sunday, August 20 | 1 - 4 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of Mann-Simons Site for only $1 on Sunday, Aug. 20 during Dollar Sunday. Visit the new exhibits at the Mann-Simons Site, the home to the same African-American family for nearly 130 years. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions. Tickets can be purchased at the Mann-Simons Site, located at 1403 Richland Street. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first.

Historic Eclipse in the Gardens

Monday, August 21 | 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Be part of history and witness the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017 with Historic Columbia at Historic Eclipse in the Gardens on Monday, Aug. 21. Experience this once-in-a-lifetime event on the expansive grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C. At 2:41 p.m., guests will see the much-anticipated Total Solar Eclipse for 2 minutes and 36 seconds of darkness, which is the longest 100% total eclipse for a metro area on the East Coast of the United States. Historic Eclipse in the Gardens will feature an expansive outdoor area for eclipse viewing, live music and children’s entertainment from Pears 4 Bears, hands-on kid’s activities, tours of the historic Robert Mills House and much more. Misting stations will be available for guests to stay cool in the summer heat. Free eclipse viewing glasses and ample city street parking will be available. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring their own blanket and/or chair, sit back and experience a celestial spectacle of a lifetime. This event will take place from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Tickets are $5 for children (12 and under) and $10 for adults. Limited tickets are available. Visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23 to purchase tickets.

Remembering Columbia

Tuesday, August 29 | 6. - 7 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House

Building on the success of his book, Remembering Columbia, Historic Columbia's director of cultural resources, John Sherrer, will guide guests through a visual road map of the Columbia's past to present. Drawn from a rich collection of private and institutional archives, the images we'll examine during this lecture trace more than 150 years of the city’s history. Tickets are $10/members, $12/non-members and $10/college students. To purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

HOUSE TOURS:

Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House & GardensHampton-Preston Mansion & GardensMann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia's history. Tours are free for members, $8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.

Group Tours Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for 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 reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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 historiccolumbia.org or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube for more details.