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Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

Capital City & Lake Murray Country

Capital City & Lake Murray Country

The Hampton-Preston Mansion was home to many people since 1818, most notably the Hampton and Preston families, and had many uses over the years, including private residence, governor’s mansion, Union Army headquarters, convent, educational institutions and commercial space. Built by Ainsley and Sarah Hall, they sold the house in 1823 to Wade Hampton I. The house passed through the Hampton and Preston families, who were forced to sell the estate after the Civil War. Mother-daughter duo Mary Cantey Hampton and Caroline Hampton Preston transformed the grounds into regionally-acclaimed antebellum gardens containing a remarkable collection of native varieties and plants from around the world. Inside, period rooms explore the history of the house and Columbia from the 1810s through the 1910s, featuring many family belongings. The award-winning exhibit Home to Many People explores the institution of urban slavery and documents the evolution of the property from 1818 to the present.
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Columbia
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1615 Blanding ST,
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 252-1770
Info & Amenities
Location
I-126 to Elmwood Ave. exit. Follow Elmwood to its end point at Bull St. and turn right. At the 4th traffic light, turn left onto Blanding St. From Charlotte: take I-77 exit 18 to SC 277, which becomes Bull St. From Bull, turn left onto Blanding St
Admission
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors, college students, AAA & active military; $5 for ages 6 to 17; age 6 and younger admitted free. Group tour rates available. Tickets are sold at the museum shop at 1616 Blanding St.
Checks Accepted
Yes
Days and Hours of Operation
T-Sa 10am- 4pm (last tour 3pm).; Su 1-5 p.m. (last tour 4-m)
Days and Holidays Closed
Mondays, New Year's, July 4, Thanksgiving, & Christmas
Visa/Master Card
Yes
American Express Card
Yes
Motorcoach Parking
Yes
Discover Card
Yes