Scarecrows in the Garden Featured on WIS, WLTX and WACH Fox!

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For the last five years, Historic Columbia Foundation has offered a FREE Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit. This year the Hampton-Preston Mansion hosts more than 30 uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families and organizations. The family-friendly exhibit has been getting some attention from our local media partners.

On Tuesday, October 2, WIS TV hosted their live 5 -7 am broadcast from the Hampton-Preston Mansion gardens. They highlighted the Hampton-Preston Mansion Garden Rehabilitation project and the free Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit. Check out the accompanying online article here.

A week later, WLTX News 19 visited the Hampton-Preston Mansion site during one of our Early Adventure Pumpkin Patch programs. Check out the video & article online here.

WACH Fox highlighted some of the Foundation’s fall programs also. Check out the online article here.

About the Exhibit:
The FREE Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit is open during touring hours, Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday 1 – 5 pm. Take a stroll through our historic Hampton-Preston grounds and garden to view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families, and organizations. The exhibit showcases ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrows for all to enjoy. Find our “Sneaky Steve” scarecrow who is hiding somewhere on the grounds but moves to a new location each week.  Also, enjoy a scavenger hunt and select your favorite scarecrow.

Vote for your favorite scarecrow on Facebook today! Scarecrows in the Garden events are sponsored by Palmetto Parent.

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50th Birthday Celebration Ticket Giveaway!

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Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away two tickets to their upcoming 50th Birthday Celebration (11.9.12), a prize value of $150! One lucky winner and a guest of his or her choice will enjoy this fabulous cocktail party featuring food stations, retro cocktails, music, dancing, a silent auction and antique car display. This event celebrates the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary and will be the event of the season!

Quick Entry Links: Enter via Facebook
Not on Facebook? Enter here instead.

Your 2 tickets are redeemable for the 50th Birthday Celebration taking place at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, at 7 p.m. on November 9. Winner will be announced on November 2. Tickets must be picked up at the Seibels House (1601 Richland Street) by 5 p.m. on 11/7/2012 to ensure you can enjoy the retro themed event! Thanks for your entry and good luck!

Don’t want to wait? Buy 50th Birthday Celebration Tickets via Eventbrite here.

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WIS News 10 Highlights the Future of Columbia's Palmetto Compress Warehouse

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WIS News 10 met Historic Columbia Foundation’s Executive Director Robin Waites and Columbia architect Dale Marshall out by the Palmetto Compress Warehouse to talk about the future of this historic site.

Check out the story and video online here.

More about the Palmetto Compress Warehouse: Standing tall as the last remaining building that represents Columbia’s once booming cotton industry, the majestic Palmetto Compress Warehouse is under threat of demolition. This iconic brick structure was built in 1917 and is one of only a handful of buildings of this type and size remaining in the country and is recognized as such by the National Register of Historic Places.

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Guided Bus Tour of Downtown Columbia on Sunday, October 14 at 2 pm

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Do you know the history and stories of Columbia’s most popular downtown sites? Join Historic Columbia Foundation for the Second Sunday Roll: Heart of Columbia Bus Tour on Sunday, October 14 at 2 p.m. and enjoy informative and entertaining stories about the Palmetto State’s capital.

This tour highlights a variety of significant sites including the Robert Mills Historic District, the State House, the Governor’s Mansion, the University of South Carolina’s Horseshoe (the original campus), multiple historic churches, Historic Columbia Foundation house museums and the Congaree Vista District.

“View Columbia from a different lens as you retrace our shared past,” says Historic Columbia Foundation Executive Director Robin Waites. “This guided bus tour allows riders a more expansive view of Columbia’s history and architecture.”

Join HCF at 2 pm for this guided bus tour highlighting the architecture and history of Columbia’s central core. The cost for this tour is $5 for Historic Columbia Foundation members and $10 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or by email at reservations@historiccolumbia.org. The tour will meet at the Robert Mills House & Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street.

About Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History:
Historic Columbia Foundation invites you to retrace our shared past through its series of web tours, walking tours, mobile apps and wayside exhibits. Explore six virtual tours of Columbia’s historic neighborhoods (including Old Shandon) by clicking on the “Retrace” icon at http://www.historiccolumbia.org. Self-guided tour brochures are available in the Museum Shop, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Your story could be just around the corner.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
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. The 50th anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

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Historic Hauntings Moonlight Tours Of Elmwood Cemetery Offered Thursday October 11

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Columbia’s historic Elmwood Cemetery (circa 1854) has centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within its acres of carefully planned grounds.  Historic Columbia Foundation’s annual guided tours of Elmwood Cemetery come to a close at the special Historic Hauntings Tour event Thursday, October 11. Tours run every 30 minutes from 6 – 8:30 pm.
Different than the regular monthly tours, the Historic Hauntings event includes multiple costumed guides stationed around Elmwood Cemetery for tours, children’s crafts, light snacks and other Halloween related activities.

The cost for tours is $5 for Foundation member adults, $3 for Foundation member youth, $10 general admission adults and $5 general admission children. The capacity for each tour is 25 people and reservations are strongly recommended with walk-up registration available (subject to availability).  HCF is offering online registration/ticket sales at http://cemeterytours.eventbrite.com/.

Notables interred in Elmwood Cemetery include: Rose Marie Stinette, the last person to die by electrocution in the State of South Carolina. Maxcy Gregg (1814-1862) fought in the Mexican War and was commissioned as Brigadier General, CSA in December 1861 and died from mortal wounds suffered at Fredericksburg, VA on December 13 the following year.

High resolution photos are posted on the Foundation’s Flickr account for immediate download.  Direct link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/historiccolumbiafoundation/sets/72157629169850762/ (click on desired photo thumbnail, right-click to select “large” photo size, then click “download large size of this photo”).  Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker at 803.252.7742 ext 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org for more information.

About this year’s tours, Sarah Blackwell, Director of Programs, says, “We invite you to come explore historic Elmwood Cemetery, where stories of valor, love lost and lives cut short are etched in stone.”

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
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. The 50th Anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/histcolumbia
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/historiccolumbia
Web: http://www.historiccolumbia.org
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/discoverhistory

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Preservation Matters: Columbia, SC | Seeing Green: The Social, Economic and Environmental Impact of an Expanded Urban Greenway

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Recognizing recurring themes, interests and initiatives over the course of long periods of time often proves ironic for professional historians and history enthusiasts alike. Perhaps more important is the realization that something endorsed during a bygone era may nonetheless retains its validity within the realm of contemporary affairs among people generations later.

Such is much the case with a treatise supplied by Boston landscape architect Harlan P. Kelsey in 1905 at the behest of the Columbia, South Carolina Civic League. Kelsey’s analysis of the capital city, intended to offer its politically and socially active leaders a road map to successful city planning and urban development, identified steps as central to transforming the state capital into a beautiful, healthy and economically attractive venue for life in the 20th century.

In his suggestions Kelsey did not reinvent the wheel; rather, he sought to build upon Columbia’s existing infrastructure in ways that would yield both short- and long-term improvements. In essence Kelsey’s concepts amounted to a bank in which citizens could invest their energies and finances in ways that would pay dividends immediately and for decades to come.

Kelsey’s first instruction was to establish a comprehensive plan for improvement to avoid small scale, insular improvement projects that would collectively result in a poor product. As he noted at the time, “quite recently  . . . cities have awakened to the urgent need of a systematic plan . . . for parks, playgrounds and boulevard; for sewer, water, lighting and transportation . . . at the most reasonable cost to their citizens.” Fortunately for Columbia, its original planners saw fit to lay out broad avenues along a grid that, while problematic for its placement over less than flat topography, nonetheless lends itself to establishing “a unique, park like effect, enjoyed by no other city . . . in America.”

Interest in claiming (and in some instances reclaiming) aspects of Columbia for greenways therefore, while not being new, nonetheless is enjoying renewed debate. Discussions have involved creating a pedestrian greenway that will join established parks to one another using existing sidewalks and relatively new paths along the Congaree River and downtown rails to trails paths. Integrated into these prescribed greenways would be portions of the Robert Mills Garden District, an area within downtown Columbia that already offers historic structures and landscapes, historical markers and wayside signage, in addition to sidewalk improvements for physically challenged users. Planners envision additions to this existing infrastructure would include historically-inspired street furniture such as light fixtures and benches. Combined, elements new and old would coalesce into a pedestrian linkage system, befitting of Harlan Kelsey’s concepts of what civic improvements can make urban life both pleasant for residents and visitors alike while also being financially profitable in the long run.

Contemporary supporters of greenway enhancements within the city limits no doubt would agree with Kelsey’s assessment that, “With parks and playgrounds so accessible as to be within easy walking reach, the vitality of every man, woman and child who labors will be increased and potentiality in every way enhanced.” Moreover, they would appreciate his considerations as to how such areas should be financed, as his report covers such methods as issuing bonds, increasing tax levies and appropriations by city and state sources. To fully appreciate how Columbians could, and perhaps should, proceed with planning for the future, it behooves us to look to the past for instruction.Kelsey’s sound ideas of 1905 fortunately remain viable enough meet our 21st century needs, if we are bold enough to pursue them.

You Can Get There From Here: A Roadmap to Greening Columbia | Harlan Kelsey’s suggested approach to ensuring the vitality of the capital city through the construction of parks, gardens and pathways still resonates with citizens today. Contemporary planners concepts include a path winding its way through the Robert Mills Historic District, which offers many of the amenities Kelsey called for in his report—fountains, benches and vistas of notable buildings.

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words | A pilot project involving the “skinning” of traffic light control boxes with historic images within certain intersections within the Robert Mills Historic District was executed by the City of Columbia with assistance from Historic Columbia Foundation. Now, formerly unattractive silver monolithic protrusions serve as the basis of eye-catching graphics that help orient passersby.

HCF Walking Tours – Stretch Your Minds While You Stretch Your Legs | Launched in 2009, Historic Columbia Foundation’s Robert Mills Historic District walking tours have been well-received by people who live, work and visit the National Register of Historic Places-listed neighborhood.

History on Every Block | Central to the establishment of successful green spaces and pathways within the Robert Mills Historic District has been the inclusion of wayside interpretive signage that highlights the history of important people, places and events, as well as horticulture.

The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same | Calls for streetscape improvements during the early 20th century mimic those one hundred years later. On the top of planners’ concerns during the City Beautiful movement of the early 1900s, and frequently discussed in contemporary planning is the placement of shade trees of differing varieties to ensure protection against species-specific diseases and the location of conveniences such as sidewalks.

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s Famously hot Behind the Scenes Tours Return with Two New Tours Announced!

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As part of the Historic Columbia Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the organization’s popular behind-the-scenes tours return this fall with two exclusive tour options in September and October. Tours are sponsored by 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

SOLD OUT | On Saturday, September 29 from 10 am – noon, a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Bull Street Campus and South Carolina State Asylum Building will highlight the architecture and history of this historic property. The cost, which includes drinks and light refreshments, is $25 for members and $30 for non-members.

On Tuesday, October 16 from 6 – 8 pm, a Behind the Scenes Tour of 701 Whaley, The Pacific Community Association Building with the owner will showcase the history and transformation of 701 Whaley property as well as offer a firsthand look at the indoor pool and gymnasium (located behind 701 Whaley) before its rehabilitation. The cost, which includes drinks and light refreshments, is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Beer, wine and appetizers will be provided.

Reservations for these exclusive 50th Anniversary tours can be made by email at specialtytours@historiccolumbia.org. Registration opens for the general public on September 19.

More about the Historic Bull Street Campus:
The beginnings of what ultimately became a largely self-sufficient city within a city lay in the completion of the Robert Mills-designed South Carolina State Asylum building in 1828.Bustling with activity for generations, the sprawling, 178-acre Department of Mental Health Bull Street campus today is best characterized largely by silence punctuated by sounds beyond its walls and perimeter roads. What lies ahead for this unique Columbia community remains far from certain. However, designs for its reuse have been vigorously debated for years and the key to the most successful plans will be retaining those aspects of the property of significant cultural and historical value. Tour SOLD OUT.

More about 701 Whaley, The Pacific Community Association Building:
Located within the former boundaries of the Olympia and Granby Mill complex, the Pacific Community Association Building had a tremendous social and cultural impact on the mill village it served for generations. Built by 1903, the original portion of the building was designed by the prolific mill engineer and architect W.B. Smith Whaley for use as a company store. About fifteen years later, the landmark was enlarged to include an indoor pool. A large gymnasium followed in 1923, long after the original portion of the building had been converted into a community center. From sports to community service organizations to recreational activities, this unique structure became a central fixture in the lives of rural workers drawn to Columbia for jobs in textile manufacturing. Today, the historic property, rehabilitated for events and offices, remains an important link to the capital city’s textile heritage.

About the 50th Anniversary behind-the-scenes tours, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says “Back by popular demand, the Foundation is delighted to announce these new behind-the-scenes tours that explore two of Columbia’s significant landmarks.”  Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker, Marketing Coordinator, for historic photographs and questions about these exclusive tours at  803.252.7742 ext 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org.

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
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. The 50th Anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/histcolumbia
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/historiccolumbia
Web: http://www.historiccolumbia.org
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/discoverhistory

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34th Annual Jubilee Festival Featured on Discover South Carolina Blog

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This August, Discover South Carolina’s SC Insider Arts and Cultural Blogger Shani Gilchrist joined us for the 34th Annual Jubilee Festival of Heritage. Check out Shani’s video blog entry about the festival and they newly installed Ghost Structure Exhibit here or click the video below.

The Annual Jubilee Festival of Heritage takes place at the Mann-Simons Site in August. We hope you will join us in 2013 for the 35th Annual Jubilee Festival.

The new Outdoor Museum at the Mann-Simons Site was installed this spring and debuted at this year’s Jubilee Festival. Come by the site to check out this NEW FREE outdoor exhibit anytime you want or take a tour of the the Mann-Simons Site (includes house, outdoor exhibit and grounds) Tuesday-Sunday for just $6. Tour is free for HCF members.  The Mann-Simons Site is located at 1403 Richland Street and tour tickets can be purchased at the Museum Shop at 1616 Blanding St.  For more information on this site and tour options click here.

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A Call for Entries: Annual Scarecrows In the Garden Contest at Historic Columbia Foundation

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Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking handcrafted historical, ghoulish or traditional scarecrows for their annual Scarecrows in the Garden Contest, sponsored by Palmetto Parent magazine. The deadline to enter the contest is September 24, 2012.  All scarecrows will be displayed on the grounds of the historic Hampton-Preston Mansion from September 30 – October 31, 2012 during Historic Columbia’s annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit. Community leaders and local celebrities will select the best scarecrows and the public is encouraged to vote for the “People’s Choice Award” and “Best Class Crow.” Prizes include cash, trophies and tour passes.

The cost to enter is $10 for families and individuals; $10 for classrooms (“class crow”), and $20 for businesses and organizations.  Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. To enter, visit www.HCFScarecrows.eventbrite.com. More information may also be found by calling (803) 252-1770 ext. 24 or emailing reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

High resolution photos from past year’s are posted on the Foundation’s Flickr account for immediate download.  Direct link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/historiccolumbiafoundation/sets/72157629549695399/  (click on desired photo thumbnail, right-click to select “large” photo size, then click “download large size of this photo”).  Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker at 803.252.7742 ext 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org for more information.

Other Scarecrow Events Include:

Sculpting Scarecrows Workshop: Saturday, September 22, Noon – 2 pm
Meets at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, 1615 Blanding Street
$20 for families and $25 for organizations (includes contest entry fees)

Those interested in entering the Scarecrows in the Garden Contest are encouraged to attend the Sculpting Scarecrows Weekend Workshop on September 22 from Noon – 2 pm. Participants in the workshop will create and decorate a spooky, dazzling, or life-like scarecrow during the workshop.  The workshop is not required for participation in the contest, but is available for those interested. Participants should come to the workshop with a clear idea of what they’d like to create, bringing items from home to personalize their scarecrow.  Materials provided in the workshop: hay, PVC piping, string, and other items. Scarecrows can be taken home, or for an additional $5, entered into the contest.  Reservations required (online at www.HCFScarecrows.eventbrite.com, by phone 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or by email reservations@historiccolumbia.org).  Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.

Scarecrows in the Garden Opening Reception and Awards: September 30, 2 – 5 pm
Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street
Members: Adults/$5, Children/Free
Non-Members: Adults $7, Children 6-12 $4, Children 5 & under Free
Extra Exhibitor Passes: Adults $5, Children 6-12 $3, Children 5 & under Free

The winners of this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden contest will be announced during the opening reception and awards on September 30. Judging will take place from 2 – 3:30 pm; awards for the business/organization and family/individual categories will be announced at 4 pm. Activities include a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, $1 highlight tours of HCF’s House in Mourning exhibit that feature fashion, practices and traditions that were customary during the Victorian Era. HCF will also be offering participants the opportunity to see Dreadful Sorry at 5 pm. This short film was taped in the Robert Mills House. While you are here don’t forget to vote on your favorite scarecrow and “Class-crow” and let us know if you can find Sneaky Steve. Admission includes children’s crafts, light appetizers, beverages and family fun. This is a rain or shine event. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation

Annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit: September 30 – October 31
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm
Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street
FREE and Open to the Public

Take a stroll through the recently installed gardens at the historic Hampton-Preston Mansion (1615 Blanding Street) and view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families, and organizations during this FREE public exhibit during the month of October. The exhibit showcases ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrow entries from this year’s Scarecrows in the Garden Contest. Activities also include a scavenger hunt and locating the “Sneaky Steve” scarecrow.

A House in Mourning: September 30 – October 31
Part of the regularly scheduled Hampton-Preston Tour
$6/adults, $3/youth, Free for members

Mourning the loss of a loved one was much more public for Americans during the 19th century than it is today.  The sadness a family felt was outwardly shown by more than just the wearing of black clothing, however.  There were certain customs observed such as covering mirrors that seem quaint to us today but were important for Victorian Americans in order to properly honor the deceased.  During the month of October, the Hampton-Preston Mansion will feature many of these mourning traditions.  Guided tours will discuss the role and importance of stages of mourning during the 1860s as a part of our regular daily tours. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.

Historic Hauntings Cemetery Tours: October 11, 6 – 8:30 pm (last tour starts at 8:30 pm)
Elmwood Cemetery, 501 Elmwood Avenue
$10 non-members/$5 for children of non-members (17 and under);
$5 members/$3 for children of members (17 and under)

Join Historic Columbia Foundation and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the full moon. Admission includes tour of Elmwood Cemetery, light snacks and a take-home craft for children. Reservations requested. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. Purchase tickets online here: www.cemeterytours.eventbrite.com.

Family Day: October 27, Noon – 2 pm
Children are invited participate in a variety of autumn activities that highlight the importance of the fall harvest and history of Halloween. Scarecrows in the Garden People’s Choice Award winner will be announced. $6 for first child/$3 for each additional child/free for members. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.

Pumpkin Patch Early Adventures: October 2012 (month-long)
Available to private groups of 10 or more children (ages 3-8 years old).

Historic Columbia Foundation’s Early Adventures program is designed especially for daycares, birthday parties, schools, churches, clubs, and learning centers. During the month of October, Early Adventures groups will dress up like scarecrows and play games in the gardens.  Activities also include searching for a scarecrow on the loose.  All programs include story time, games, crafts and snacks and 2 activity leaders. Games and crafts will be determined according to participant’s age group.  Each program last approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours depending on the number of participants. Reservations required. $6 per child. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. For more information, please contact Sarah Blackwell at sblackwell@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 33. 

Historic Columbia Foundation was founded in 1961 by a group of preservationists determined to save the Ainsley Hall House, known today as the Robert Mills House.  More than four decades later, Historic Columbia Foundation manages four historic house museums and their associated artifacts, and tells the stories of people, places and progress in Columbia and Richland County. For more information, please visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org.

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Last Chance for Historic Columbia Foundation's Cemetery Tours Thursday September 13

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Columbia’s historic Elmwood Cemetery (circa 1854) has centuries of stories etched in stone on the markers and headstones found within its acres of carefully planned grounds.  Historic Columbia Foundation’s annual guided tours of Elmwood Cemetery come to an end on Thursday, September 13. The last tour options include a “Secrets from the Grave” Iconography Tour at 7:30 pm or Moonlight Cemetery Tour led by a costumed guide at 8:30 pm. The famously hot tour is selling out fast and few spots remain.

Historic Columbia Foundation will offer special cemetery tours from 6 – 8:30 pm on Thursday, October 11 during their annual Historic Hauntings program. Different than the regular monthly tours, this event includes multiple costumed guides stationed around Elmwood Cemetery for tours, children’s crafts, light snacks and other Halloween related activities. Tickets can be purchased online at http://cemeterytours.eventbrite.com/.

The “Secrets from the Grave” tour starts before dark to allow attendees to study the iconography symbols found on so many of the markers and headstones in the cemetery.  The Moonlight Cemetery Tours include narrative about the lives, burials, cemetery plots, and tombstones of families and prominent citizens from Columbia’s 19th and 20th centuries. The tour will lead through portions of the site featuring the Victorian era and several variations of cemetery art.

The cost for tours is $5 for Foundation member adults, $3 for Foundation member youth, $10 general admission adults and $5 general admission children. The capacity for each tour is 25 people and reservations are strongly recommended with walk-up registration available (subject to availability).  HCF is offering online registration/ticket sales at http://cemeterytours.eventbrite.com/.

Notables interred in Elmwood Cemetery include: Milledge Luke Bonham (1813-1890) who fought in both the Seminole uprising in 1836 and the Mexican War, was a member of the SC House of Representatives 1840-1857, and was a Brigadier General, CSA, during the Civil War. Maxcy Gregg (1814-1862) fought in the Mexican War and was commissioned as Brigadier General, CSA in December 1861 and died from mortal wounds suffered at Fredericksburg, VA on December 13 the following year.

High resolution photos are posted on the Foundation’s Flickr account for immediate download.  Direct link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/historiccolumbiafoundation/sets/72157629169850762/ (click on desired photo thumbnail, right-click to select “large” photo size, then click “download large size of this photo”).  Members of the media are encouraged to contact Ashley Tucker at 803.252.7742 ext 16 or atucker@historiccolumbia.org for more information.

About this year’s tours, Sarah Blackwell, Director of Programs, says, “We invite you to come explore historic Elmwood Cemetery, where stories of valor, love lost and lives cut short are etched in stone.”

About Historic Columbia Foundation:
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. The 50th Anniversary year of Historic Columbia Foundation (which officially began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/histcolumbia
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/historiccolumbia
Web: http://www.historiccolumbia.org
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/discoverhistory

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