Historic Columbia Announces September 2017 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Wednesday, August 30, 2017 – September is full of exciting events that offer something for guests of all ages. During the month of September, Historic Columbia kicks of its Homeschool Friday program at Olympia Mill, opens registration for the Scarecrows in the Garden outdoor exhibit, hosts the 39th annual Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture, presents Storytime in the Gardens in partnership with the Richland County Public Library and much more! Below is a list of Historic Columbia’s September events. Visit historiccolumbia.org for more information.


Homeschool Friday: Columbia Working Men & Women

Friday, Sept. 1 | 10 - 11:30 a.m. | Meet at 701 Whaley Street

Homeschool Friday returns, and Historic Columbia invites homeschool students to participate on the first Friday of each month between September 2017 and May 2018. These programs feature engaging hands-on activities for students to explore the history of Columbia and Richland County. On Friday, Sept. 1, students will take a walking tour through the historic Olympia Mill Village where they will learn the history of working men and women in the late 19th through the mid-20th century. Homeschool Friday is $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members day-of. This Homeschool Friday will meet at 701 Whaley Street. To make reservations, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 x. 26 or email education@historiccolumbia.org.

Scarecrows in the Garden | Registration Opens

Tuesday, Sept. 5 | Registration for Entries opens

Enter your historical, ghoulish or traditional scarecrows in Historic Columbia’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden contest to compete for cash, trophies and tour passes. The contest is open to individuals, families, artists, businesses, schools and organizations.  Participants are welcome to enter more than one scarecrow. Registration officially opens Tuesday, Sept. 5 and will close on Thursday, Sept. 28. All scarecrows, including a variety from local Midlands artists, will be on display on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens throughout the month of October. The exhibit is free and open to public during normal Historic Columbia hours, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday and 1 – 6 p.m. Sunday. Vote throughout the month for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow” by visiting the Gift Shop at Robert Mills! To register, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Second Sunday Stroll | University Hill

Sunday, Sept. 10 | 2 – 3:30 p.m. | Tour begins at Inn at USC

Explore University Hill with Historic Columbia on Sunday, September 10 during the monthly Second Sunday Stroll presented by Seed Architecture. This guided walking tour will highlight Columbia’s University Hill neighborhood and explore how it was shaped and defined by urban renewal and the University of South Carolina’s eastward expansion. The tour will meet and begin at the Inn at USC located at 1619 Pendleton Street. Second Sunday Stroll is free for members and $8/adult and $5/youth for non-members. Space is limited. To purchase tickets, visit historiccolumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 23.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7:308 and 8:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery

Historic Columbia’s popular Cemetery Tours series continues on Thursday, Sept. 14. 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.

Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture

Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Mann-Simons Site

Join Historic Columbia at Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. Now in its 39th year, this free outdoor festival brings musician, artisans, dancers and storytellers together to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site. This year’s festival will celebrate Midlands musicians and the lives of two of the region’s most influential musicians, John Blackwell and Skipp Pearson. To honor the memory of these legendary artists, Jubilee will showcase the musical lineage of South Carolina with variety of local R&B, jazz, gospel and soul musicians, including a headlining performance by Cheri Maree. Jubilee will also feature storytelling, artist demonstrations and family-friendly activities. Throughout the day, guests are invited to take house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House for $1 and take the African American Historic Sites Bus Tour for $4. In addition, there will be a variety of outdoor vendors selling food, beverages, art and wares. Jubilee is made possible by the festival’s generous sponsors and is a free community event that will be held along Richland and Marion streets outside of the Mann-Simons Site at 1403 Richland Street in downtown Columbia. Visit JubileeSC.org to learn more.

Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Sunday, Sept. 17| 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. | 1616 Blanding Street

The third Sunday of the month, residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! On Sunday, Sept. 17, visit the Robert Mills House & Gardens, one of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, and explore architecture and daily life in the 1820s in Columbia. The Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation's most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Tours leave at the regular tour hours at 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills located at 1616 Blanding Street. General admission prices apply to all other properties.

Storytime in the Gardens

Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 10:30 - 11:30 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.

Holiday Greenery Pre-Sale Opens

Friday, Sept. 19 | Online pre-orders open at palmettogardenclub.org

The Palmetto Garden Club presents its annual Holiday Greenery Sale to benefit Historic Columbia. Since 2007, The Palmetto Garden Club has raised nearly $100,000 to support Historic Columbia’s garden beautification and restoration projects. The greenery pre-sale features North Carolina holiday greenery, top quality paper whites and amaryllis, South Carolina grown raw and specialty pecans, locally-grown poinsettias and garden gift items. Pre-order sales will open Friday, Sept. 19 through Thursday, Oct. 26. Pre-orders only. Orders greater than $300 will be delivered to your home or business by the Club. All other orders will be available for pick up from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30 at the Robert Mills Carriage House, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Visitpalmettogardenclub.org to place your order.

New Volunteer Training

Monday, Sept. 25 | 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Seibels House

Do you love learning about the history of Columbia and Richland County? Have you been looking for a way to become more involved with local preservation efforts? Do you love sharing your passion for history? If so, join Historic Columbia by becoming an interpretive guide. Interpretive guides lead a range of diverse tours, including four house museums (Robert Mills House & Gardens, Hampton-Preston Mansion & Garden, Mann-Simons Site and Woodrow Wilson Family Home); walking tours of more than a dozen neighborhoods across the city, tours of Elmwood Cemetery and more.  Guides get to learn the detailed history of these sites, attend content-focused trainings and work with Historic Columbia staff to enrich their understanding of local and regional history. The training will take place at the Seibels House located at 1601 Richland Street. Visit historiccolumbia.org, email bkleinfelder@historiccolumbia.org or call (803) 252-1770 x 24 to register.

To Solve a Mystery

Saturday, Sept. 30 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House

Join the South Carolina Silver Society and Historic Columbia for a quilt presentation led by George Wingard, archaeologist, Savannah River Archaeological Research Program, and Deborah Tritt, instruction/reference librarian & coordinator of the Gregg-Graniteville Archives, Gregg-Graniteville Library, University of South Carolina-Aiken. In January 2015, while conducting research at the archives of the Gregg-Graniteville Library on the University of South Carolina-Aiken campus, an artifact was revealed that is usually housed deep in their collections.  The object was a mid-19th century quilt, including a provenance card, which unfolded into an amazing detective story. Using the knowledge gleaned from research conducted on the textile mill village of Graniteville and collaborations with local historical societies, museums and libraries, the answers revealed themselves and the quilt's creator. At the program, Wingard and Tritt, will explain how they solved the mystery. This program is free to the public on a first come, first serve basis. Visit historiccolumbia.org to learn more.


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.