Enjoy the Holidays with HC’s Family Day & Choir Showcase!

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Choir Showcase
Enjoy a day of celebration with your family on December 6 at the Robert Mills House for Historic Columbia’s Historic Holidays Family Day and Choir Showcase!

Experience the holidays in the decorated Robert Mills House during Family Day from 10 am until noon. Learn how the Christmas tree appeared in South Carolina and how a South Carolinian made the poinsettia a well-known holiday decoration while enjoying crafts and activities for the whole family, and take home handmade ornaments to decorate your tree. Family Day is $6 for non-member youth and free for Historic Columbia members and all adults.

At noon, join HC in front of the Robert Mills House for the annual Choir Showcase featuring performances by local elementary school choirs. The participating schools include Watkins-Nance Elementary School, Bethel-Hanberry Elementary School and Conder Elementary School. The Choir Showcase is free and open to the public, and HC is offering $1 Holiday House Tours of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site during the event.

Don’t forget to stop by the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for some holiday shopping during these events. Enjoy a storewide sale during these events and save 25% off your holiday purchases. There’s still time to register for the Candlelighting Holiday Box giveaway before the drawing during HC’s Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides on December 19.

Keep your December jolly with HC’s special events and programs throughout the month:

For more information on holiday events or house tours, please call 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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Mother's Day Gift Guide From the Gift Shop at Robert Mills!

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and HCF has the perfect little shop to pick up a special gift for mom this year! Visit us at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills and check your Mother’s Day shopping off your to-to list.

Photo Message Frame $18 | Exclusive Wildflower Dusting Powder $10 | Exclusive Wildflower Wrapped & Boxed Soaps $8 | Silver Ornate Cuff Bracelet $12

Handmade South Carolina Fabric Bread Basket $21 | Handmade South Carolina Fabric Coasters$17 | Hand Painted Birdhouse $10 | Set Of Three Palmetto Candlesticks $52 

Silver Divided Palmetto Tray $52 | The Grits Guide To Life Cook Book $20 | A Southern Belle Primmer Book $15 | Preserves Peach, Blueberry, Fig $6 each

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills is conveniently located at 1616 Blanding Street, with free parking. We’re open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm.

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Historic Columbia Foundation is Hoppening This Easter! Shop Local for Easter Basket Goodies

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Easter is just around the corner and Historic Columbia Foundation is one ‘hoppening spot’ this spring! Whether you are looking to fill your Easter Basket with goodies or looking for a fun spring time activity, think HCF!

Shop at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Take a family stroll through the blooming gardens, which are FREE and open all week! Or visit HCF for a program or event this spring.

Easter Basket Gift Guide!

From frames, jewelry, books, and note cards, to birdhouses, baskets, soaps and other home decor knickknacks, our little shop is the perfect place to shop for all your Easter baskets this spring!

Pictured above: Handmade Wooden Egg Birdhouse, $48 | Wooden Bunny & Chick Sill Boxes, $18 | 6 Hole Hand Painted Birdhouse, $10. More gift options below!

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Boxed Photo Frame, $18

Lightly Spritely Book of Poems, $25

Embroidered Sachets, $5 each

Carrie Belle’s Fabric Tray Basket, $24

Bunny Egg Display Tree, $12

Old Colony Bakery Cookies, $6.50 each

Plush Bunny, $9

Embroidered Basket with Lining, $16

Hurry In! All of our Shop merchandise is now 25% off!

The Gift Shop at Robert Mills is conveniently located at 1616 Blanding Street, with free parking. We’re open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm. Come shop with us! All item quantities are limited, so shop early.

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Historic Columbia Foundation is 'Famously Romantic' this Valentine's Day!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Historic Columbia Foundation is one romantic hotspot! Whether you areplanning a proposal, looking for a special Valentine’s Day gift or looking for a romantic activity, think HCF!

Shop at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for the perfect gift for your loved ones. Take a stroll with your sweetheart in one of our beautiful gardens, which are FREE and open all week! Or pick an event from our program line-up and experience Columbia with your special someone.
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Planning a Proposal?
SH Gardens (April 2011)
HCF’s gardens were named one of Columbia’s most romantic hotspots! Pop the question in one of our beautiful green spaces. After she says “yes!” think HCF for your wedding venue. Our historic properties make a picturesque backdrop for your special day.
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

For the Ladies: Our shop has a variety of frames, jewelry, books, note cards and more, including the ‘Not So Shabby’ rose frame ($16), multi stone watch ($90) and theLittle Big Book of Love ($25).

For the Men: Clocks, neck ties, wine stoppers and more! Pick up a unique gift like thehand cut wood love bird clock ($42) or onyx heart paperweight ($18) for the man in your life.

For the Kiddos: Surprise the little ones with a candy filled heart bottle ($11) or plush stuffed bunny ($20). Our shop is filled with lots of fun sweets, pencils, stickers and games any child would love!

Hurry In! All of our Valentine’s Day merchandise is now 25% off!
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The Gift Shop at Robert Mills is conveniently located at 1616 Blanding Street, with free parking. We’re open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm. Come shop with us!
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Experience Columbia with Your Sweetheart

For the Foodie
If your valentine appreciates good eats, surprise him or her with tickets to The Palladium Society’s upcoming Chili Cook-Off! Get your tickets today and enjoy a flavorful night out with your sweetheart on Saturday, February 23. All you can eat and drink: chili, beer and wine. Tickets: $15 – $25

For the Sightseer
If your loved one enjoys taking in Columbia sights, reserve a place at one of our upcoming events, stroll though one of our gardens or visit one of our historic house museums. A couple that learns together, stays together!

Or give the gift that keeps on giving, give the gift of history! HCF Memberships start at just $35 and offer free admission to our house museums, a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, guest passes, free or discounted admission to HCF events, a shop discount and more. More about HCF membership…

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Valentine's Day Gift Ideas from our Museum Shop

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A wide array of Gardening books, many priced below $25

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Shop Historic Columbia Foundation for the perfect gift for your loved one. Your purchase helps fund local preservation and education efforts. The Museum Shop is conveniently located at 1616 Blanding Street, with free parking. We’re open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

For the Gardener
If your valentine is a gardener, our Museum Shop features a wide array of gardening books, many priced under $25 including Kitchen & Garden Secrets from South Carolina.

South Carolina pilsner glasses, under $15/each

For the Jewelry Admirer
For the valentine who loves to sparkle, our shop carries a variety of locally-crafted jewelry including a wide selection of jeweled necklaces for under $30 and crystal chandelier designs for $15.

For the Beer Aficionado
Our Museum Shop has a variety of South Carolina pilsner glasses for under $15 (seen left).

For the Foodie
If your valentine appreciates good eats, surprise him or her with tickets to The Palladium Society’s upcoming Chili Cook-Off! Purchase and print tickets online via eventbrite and prepare for a flavorful evening (2.25.2012). The event features live music by Whiskey Tango Revue, more than 20 varieties of chili and carefully-selected Spanish Vines wine. Get your tickets here.

For the History Enthusiast

A variety of hand-crafted jewelry creations


Surprise your valentine with the gift of history! Memberships start at just $35 and offer free admission to our house museums, a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, guest passes, free or discounted admission to HCF events, a shop discount and more. More about HCF membership…

For the Siteseer…
If your valentine enjoys taking in Columbia sights, reserve a place at one of our upcoming events. Browse our bustling calendar of events here.

Planning a Proposal?
Will you be making a proposal to your loved one this Valentine’s Day? After she says “yes!”

Seibels House & Garden

think Historic Columbia Foundation for your wedding venue. Our historic properties make a picturesque backdrop for your special day. More about hosting your event at Historic Columbia Foundation…

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 our calendar of events to browse upcoming events…

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Discover the Joy and Wonder…

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From all of us at Historic Columbia Foundation, our warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season and new year filled with joy and discovery.

Celebrate a special person through an Honorarium or Memorial – an excellent way to contribute to Historic Columbia Foundation while honoring or remembering a family member or loved one. Donations are recognized with an acknowledgement card sent to the honoree or their family.

The Holidays at Historic Columbia Foundation
Have family and friends in town for the holidays? The Robert Mills House, Mann-Simons Site and Hampton-Preston Mansion are open for tours Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm (last tour starts at 3 pm) and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm (last tour starts at 4 pm). HCF will be closed Christmas, Mondays and New Year’s. Learn more…

Special Tour of Woodrow Wilson Family Home offered on December 28 at 11 am
This special tour is being offered in honor of the 155th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s birth. Reservations are recommended but not required, as the tour is expected to fill quickly. Tour attendees will meet at the Museum Shop located at 1616 Blanding Street. Learn more…

The Story of the Robert Mills House Rehabilitation
Though hard to imagine today, the destruction of the Robert Mills House would have been an irreconcilable loss to generations of South Carolinians and visitors to the Palmetto State. During the holidays at HCF, we are especially thankful for the efforts of Historic Columbia Foundation’s first members and their dream to preserve the Robert Mills House. We invite you to read the story of the Robert Mills House rehabilitation. Be sure to leave us a comment with your connection to HCF so we know you stopped by! Read more…

Holiday Shopping left to do?
Our Museum Shop will be open until 3 pm on Christmas Eve! Avoid the long lines at the big box stores and shop local with us. Our friendly staff will help you select the perfect gift for everyone on your list! We also have HCF memberships with our collectible ornament ready for gifting, starting at just $35! Learn more…

Early Columbia Lecture Series Launch:
Dive into the history of Columbia at our Early Columbia Lecture Series – Kicks off January 17, 2012!
In honor of our 50th Anniversary as an organization, Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to offer a three-part Lecture Series on the history of Columbia, South Carolina. Please join us for Part I of the Lecture Series, which covers Early Columbia from 1600 – 1850. View some of Columbia’s oldest homes, churches and historic sites! Learn more…

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Give the Gift of Membership – Plus Museum Shop Gift Ideas!

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Give the gift of a Historic Columbia Foundation membership! Priced at just $35, the gift of a HCF membership offers free admission to our house museums, a subscription to our quarterly newsletter, guest passes, free or discounted admission to HCF events, a shop discount and more! Purchase a Historic Columbia Foundation membership for the history-enthusiast on your list and he/she will receive a limited-edition Robert Mills House Holiday Ornament. Pick up your gift membership and ornament in our Museum Shop Tues-Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm. Open Christmas Eve until 4 pm!

Got holiday shopping left to do? Consider shopping local (and tax-free!) with us at our Museum Shop. Our attentive staff is happy to help you make the perfect selection. Even better, there are no long lines and we have plenty of complimentary parking. Open until 4 pm on Christmas Eve! Visit us at 1616 Blanding Street (next to the Robert Mills House).

Palmetto Serving Tray – $41.50
Palmetto Silver:Riches of the South – $24.95

Jams, Salsa, and Pickles – just $4.40/each!
Palmetto basket (perfect for gift-baskets) – $18


Pond Mountain bud vases – $11.70/each
Palmetto basket (perfect for gift-baskets) – $18

Consider a Donation to our 50th Anniversary Annual Fund in Honor or Memory of Someone Special

Whether a founding member, past HCF president, dedicated volunteer, or someone else -your donation to our 50th Anniversary Annual Fund includes an acknowledgement letter to someone on your behalf. Contact Wendi Spratt to learn more at wspratt@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.7742 ext. 12.

Happy Holidays!

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Give An Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Tour to the History Enthusiast on Your Holiday List!

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In honor of our 50th Anniversary, Historic Columbia Foundation is excited to offer several exclusive behind-the-scenes tours beginning in January of 2012. Each of these tours will be offered one-time in 2012, and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re looking for a distinctive gift idea for the history enthusiast on your list, consider the gift of one of these VIP tours! We will be happy to package the tour tickets with a gift acknowledgement letter on your behalf, and can have your gift envelope waiting for you in our Museum Shop upon request. Learn more about the 50th Anniversary VIP Tours below.

Please contact Wendi Spratt for details on reserving a place on this exclusive 50th Anniversary tour (makes a perfect holiday gift). Wendi may be reached at 803.252.7742 ext. 12 or by email at wspratt@historiccolumbia.org.

Tour and Cocktails at Equitable Arcade/Columbia Down Under
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: 1332 Main Street
Member rate- $20 / Non-member rate- $25

Located within the 1300 block of Main Street, the Arcade Mall was Columbia’s first indoor shopping center. The Equitable Real Estate Company, a group of Columbia businessmen that included prominent banker and developer Edwin Wales Robertson, constructed this building in 1912 at a reputed cost of $200,000.00. At the time it was built the Arcade Mall was strategically situated within a very popular section of this main commercial district. The structure’s proximity to the Barringer Building, Columbia’s first skyscraper, undoubtedly ensured its tenants’ exposure to large numbers of pedestrians conducting business downtown. Keep reading…

Tour and cocktails at W. B. Smith Whaley House – The Dunbar Funeral Home
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: 1527 Gervais Street
Member rate- $20 / Non-member rate- $25

Arguably Columbia’s most recognizable historic landmark, the former Dunbar Funeral Home was constructed between 1892 and 1893 as a private residence for W.B. Smith Whaley. A unique example of high Queen Anne style architecture, this handsome property captures the fanciful design interests of the late 19th century and speaks to the former grand houses that once lined Gervais Street. Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour showcasing the building’s history and get a rare view of this pre-rehabilitated site. Keep reading…

Tour and Cocktails at Woodrow Wilson Family Home and the Lorick House
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Location: 1705 and 1727 Hampton Street
Member rate- $15 / Non-member rate- $20

Join us for a hard hat tour of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home (South Carolina’s only Presidential site) and receive an update on Phase II of the historic property’s rehabilitation. Afterward stroll next door to the recently rehabilitated circa-1840 Lorick House for a tour of this landmark property. Enjoy cocktails and refreshments as you marvel at the extensive work that has revitalized its elaborate and handsome woodwork and historic landscape. Keep reading…

Tour of the Curtiss-Wright Hangar and The Hangars
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2012
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm
Location: Owens Field Municipal Airport Hangar
HCF Member rate- $8 / Family member rate- $25 / Non-member rate- $10

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the circa-1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar, the first building erected at Owens Field, an historic site that represents the contributions of air transportation to Columbia and South Carolina. First used to house airplanes for passenger and airmail services, this landmark building was used later as space for the civilian flight training program and finally for general aircraft maintenance. During the 1930s, Owens Field had the distinction of hosting many well-known aviators and personalities, including Amelia Earhart and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The tour will conclude at the Hangars Lofts, a former warehouse adapted into a unique residential experience by owner Joab Dick. Refreshments to be served. Details…

Tour and Refreshments at the Guignard Brick Works
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012
Time: 2:00-3:30 pm
Location: 100 Granby Crossing at Knox Abbott Drive, Cayce
HCF Member rate- $8 Family member rate- $25 Non-member rate- $10

Join us on a spring afternoon for an exclusive tour of the Guignard Brick Works followed by refreshments. A significant example of an early-20th century industrial complex, the Guignard Brick Works produced bricks for many buildings constructed in Columbia and throughout South Carolina from 1900 through the mid-20th century. The complex includes four brick beehive kilns, a historic brick office and remnants of other industrial features. Keep reading…

Guided Tour of the Powell-Wright House, a 1917 Prairie Style Home
Date: Thursday, April 26
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: 1410 Shirley Street
Member rate- $15 / Non-member rate- $20

Join Kandie and Patrick Wright as they lead a guided tour of their recently rehabilitated circa-1917 Melrose Heights home. Columbia’s purest example of Prairie Style architecture, this historic land-mark makes an ideal venue for enjoying history, tasty treats and libations. Pre-restoration images and stories from people that knew the property as young children will illustrate the journey this house has taken for almost one hundred years. More information…

Please contact Wendi Spratt for details on reserving a place on this exclusive 50th Anniversary tour (makes a perfect holiday gift). Wendi may be reached at 803.252.7742 ext. 12 or by email at wspratt@historiccolumbia.org.

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