COLUMBIA, S.C. — July is packed with Summer fun at Historic Columbia, from classic, family-friendly events like our Summer Camp and Cemetery Tours, to a special Behind-the-Scenes Tour of The Homes at McCants, and a one dollar Sunday guided tour of Robert Mills. The full July calendar of events is highlighted below.
July 8 – 12 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Robert Mills Carriage House
Looking for a summer camp packed full of fun, history, and slime? We got it, dude! Campers ages 8 to 12 are invited to take an adventure through the ‘90s and see history come to life through interactive activities and exploration of the gardens, grounds and houses of Historic Columbia. Learn about Columbia’s earliest years during the 1790s, play historic games from the 1890s, and throwback to the slime and boy bands of the 1990s! Campers will build their own cities, churn butter and play “hoop and stick”, and learn the Macarena before taking on the iconic “Double Dare” obstacle course!
Summer Camp is $180 for Historic Columbia members and $220 for non-members. Historic Columbia’s summer camp will be July 8-12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.* Participants must complete both the registration form and waiver before they can register. Register by Please Note: Parents now have the option to pick their children up at 5:30 instead of 4:00 for an additional $40. For more information or to register, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-7742 ext. 26, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moonlight Cemetery & Secrets from the Grave Tours
Thursday, July 11 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery
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 tours are an event the whole family will enjoy. There are two tour options: The Secrets from the Grave Tours at 7:30 p.m. or the Moonlight Cemetery Tours at 8:00 and 8:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10/adults and $5/youth for Historic Columbia members and $15/adults and $7/youth for non-members. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23, or email email@example.com.
Behind the Scenes Tour | McCants
Thursday, July 18 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | The Homes at McCants
Join us at McCants and tour the new homes which occupy the historic Fannie McCants Elementary School. Students last roamed McCants Elementary School’s halls in 1999. Its new life as an eleven-unit townhome development at the heart of Historic Earlewood began when renovations were completed by Hill Construction Company in the fall of 2017. Zach Wheeler spearheaded the project with his father, Jeff, the other half of Columbia real estate development company Wheeler & Wheeler. Ticket sales are open to members only until July 1. Space is limited. Tickets are $25 for members and $40 for non-members. For more information, contact our Development Coordinator, Lauren King at (803) 252-7742 ext. 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House
Sunday, July 21 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Tour meets at Robert Mills House & Gardens
On Sunday, July 21, 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. Space is limited. Tickets are only $1 for Richland and Lexington County residents with a valid I.D. General admission prices apply to all other properties. For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org, call (803) 252-1770 ext. 23, or email email@example.com.
Historic House Museum Tours
House tours are offered Tuesday – Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.,1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tours are free for members and $10/adults and $7/youth non-members. Purchase admission at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, located at 1616 Blanding St.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 six 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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.