Historic Columbia temporarily closes house museums

COLUMBIA, S.C. (March 14, 2020) — In consultation with the City of Columbia, Richland County, and its board of directors, Historic Columbia will close visitation until further notice to its historic house museums, including Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, the Museum of Reconstruction at Woodrow Wilson Family Home, and the Mann-Simons Site.

During this closure, the following applies:

The house museums and gardens are not open to visitors or researchers
Any scheduled school and group visits are canceled


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Private events at Historic Columbia’s sites will be given the option to continue their events with additional requirements for cleaning and food services.

Historic Columbia recently postponed events through April 4, including 16th Annual Bluegrass, Bidding and BBQ (March 19), City of Women Research Roundtable (March 24), City of Women Saturday Roll Bus Tour (March 28) and Closing Day at Capital City Stadium (April 4). The board and staff are continuing to evaluate any further need for cancellations and postponements.

For more information on the virus and precautionary measures in place, please visit the CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. For general questions on Historic Columbia, please contact Renée Chow at (803) 252-7742 x 17 or rchow@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 Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.