Historic Columbia Announces August 2018 Events

COLUMBIA, S.C., Monday, July 23, 2018 – Historic Columbia is excited to announce a full month of programming and events for August 2018. Guests are invited to explore Main Street’s next hot spot during an exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour of 1649 Main Street, take a Cemetery Tour of the historic Elmwood Cemetery, compete in an Historic Water Balloon Battle and much more! Below is the full calendar of programs and events.



Storytime in the Gardens

Thursday, Aug 2 | 10 – 11 a.m. | Hampton-Preston 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. No registration necessary.


Behind-the-Scenes Tour | 1649 Main Street

Tuesday, Aug 7 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | 1649 Main Street

Go behind-the-scenes with Historic Columbia, Garvin Design Group and Hood Construction to take a sneak peak of what’s to come at Main Street’s next hot spot! 1649 Main Street has a fascinating history, built as a grocery store prior to 1872 and later renovated as a hardware store and then as Hennessy’s restaurant. Today, it is being transformed and will have new life as Hendrix, a restaurant set to open fall 2018. Guests will learn about the history of the building as well as the renovation process on this tour. Food will be provided by Hendrix, and beer and wine will also be served. A limited quantity of tickets are available and must be purchased online in advance of the tour. No walk-ups are allowed. To purchase tickets, visit HistoricColumbia.org, email lmojkowski@historiccolumbia.org or call 803-252-7742 x 15.

Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours

Thursday, Aug 9 | 7:30, 8, and 8:30 pm | Elmwood Cemetery

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 Tours, 7:30 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.

Dollar Sunday | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Sunday, Aug 19 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Residents of Richland and Lexington counties are invited to tour of one of Historic Columbia’s house museums for just $1 on Dollar Sunday! This month, visit the Woodrow Wilson Family Home, the nation's only museum dedicated to interpreting the post-Civil War Reconstruction period and South Carolina's only remaining presidential site. The house will be open for guests to tour at their own pace, and guides will be available to answer any questions. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! To learn more, visitHistoricColumbia.org, email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 x 23.


Historic Happy Hour: Water Balloon Battle

Friday, Aug 24 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens

Beat the Famously Hot heat and join Historic Columbia for their fourth annual Historic Water Balloon Battle, sponsored by The Art of Real Estate, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. 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. Tickets are $20 for Historic Columbia members and $25 for non-members. To purchase tickets, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Research Roundtable

Tuesday, Aug 28 | 12 – 1 p.m. | Seibels House

Join Historic Columbia at their Research Roundtable, a new monthly program that will provide insight in to Historic Columbia’s most recent research projects. 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 post-bellum character! Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to this program. This event is free for members and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit HistoricColumbia.org, call 803.252.1770 x 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.




Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday - Saturday10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Sunday1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House & Gardens, Mann-Simons Site or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia's history. Tours are free for members, $10 for adults, $7 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. For a more detailed tour schedule, visit historiccolumbia.org.

Group Tours

Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour 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.

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