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.
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.
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!
Gift Shop Items
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!

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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'Famously Hot' Chili Cook-Off Ticket Giveaway!

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The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away two tickets to their upcoming 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off (Saturday, February 23), a prize value of $50! One lucky winner and a guest of his or her choice will enjoy this ‘Famously Hot’ event featuring all you can eat and drink, chili, beer and wine, plus live music by Whiskey Tango Revue.

Quick Entry Links:
Enter via Facebook | Enter via Twitter
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Your two tickets are redeemable for the 15th Annual Chili Cook-Off taking place at the Ellison Building at the State Fairgrounds from 5 – 8 pm on Saturday, February 23. Tickets can be picked up at HCF’s admin offices or held at will call. The winner will be announced on February 19. Will be contacted by phone or email. Thanks for your entry and good luck!
Don’t want to wait? Buy Cook-Off tickets online here.

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Volunteer for the Color Run and help Historic Columbia Foundation!

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The Color Run is coming to Columbia on Saturday, March 2, and Historic Columbia Foundation is a charity partner for the event! We need your help – The Color Run needs volunteers, and for every volunteer we recruit, HCF gets a cash donation!

Volunteer shifts are available on Thursday, February 28, Friday, March 1 and the day of the race, Saturday, March 2. Shifts include working packet pick-up, race day check-in, working in the Color Zones or being a Captain of Fun!

Signing up is easy:

  1. Click here
  2. Select your shift
  3. Select Historic Columbia Foundation as the charity partner you are volunteering for when you sign up to make sure your service helps HCF!

Sign up today to volunteer for the happiest 5K on the planet!

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Historic Columbia Foundation Celebrates Black History Month with Tours, Programs & More!

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Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to premier a new walking tour of the Waverly Neighborhood on Sunday, February 10 at 2 pm. The Waverly walking tour is the newest tour in Historic Columbia Foundation’s monthly Second Sunday Stroll series, as well as the newest installment in the Foundation’s Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History series of self-guided walking tour brochures. 

Established shortly after the Civil War on plantation land once owned by Robert Latta, Waverly is recognized as one of Columbia’s first documented suburbs. By the late 1800s, the neighborhood was home to both black and white working and middle-class residents. As the South became increasingly segregated during the Jim Crow era, Waverly evolved into a self-contained, self-sustaining black community featuring many middle- and upper-class African American residents, among whom were leaders in spiritual, business, academic and professional circles.

Join HCF at 2 pm for this guided walking tour highlighting the architecture and history of one of Columbia’s oldest neighborhoods. A free tour for Historic Columbia Foundation members, the cost is just $6 for non-member adults and $3 for non-member youth (17 and under). Tickets can be purchased by calling 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or by email at reservations@historiccolumbia.org. Walk-up registrations are also accepted. The tour will meet at First Calvary Baptist Church, 1401 Pine Street, Columbia, SC 29204, and will run approximately one hour.

“Since its founding in 1786, Columbia has featured a large African-American population whose labor, skills and vision have been integral in the city’s physical, spiritual and social evolution,” John Sherrer, HCF’s Director of Cultural Resources, says, and we invite you to learn about the iconic Waverly neighborhood and the role its residents played in this storied past.”

More Black History Month Events at Historic Columbia Foundation:

FREE Architecture of Segregation Lecture at Richland Library: Explore the importance of sites that played a role in the physical separation of blacks and whites and the importance of preserving these sites. Tuesday, February 12 | 5:30 pm

Early Adventures: Celebrating African American Heritage in South CarolinaChildren ages 3-8 can explore the history of South Carolina through some of its significant citizens from the past 200+ years. For private groups of 10 or more, offered by reservation all month long.

Archaeology at Mann-Simons Site Scout ProgramScouts can see how more than 60,000 artifacts discovered during an archaeological dig at Mann-Simons Site can tell us stories about the family. For scout groups, offered by reservation all month long.

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour Series Returns with Tour of Bull Street Campus and SC State Asylum Building

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Due to the overwhelming success of this fall’s Behind-the-Scenes Tour Series, Historic Columbia Foundation is offering another tour of the Bull Street Campus and South Carolina State Asylum Building. Tours are sponsored by 2nd Wind Heating & Air Conditioning; Air Conditioning and are offered on a first come, first served basis.

On Saturday, December 15 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 the property. The cost, which includes drinks and light refreshments, is $25 for HCF members and students and $30 for non-members.

Reservations for this exclusive tour can be made by email at specialtytours@historiccolumbia.org.

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.


 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. Visit 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: Renovated Brennen Building promises new ‘focal point’ on Main Street

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The State newspaper’s Jeff Wilkinson highlighted the recent renovations of Main Street’s Brennen Building in today’s (11.29.12) paper.

“The Brennen Building – the oldest building on Columbia’s Main Street, reportedly built circa 1870, and home to the legendary Capitol Cafe from 1911 to 2002 – will become bank offices, meeting space and perhaps a restaurant once again,” Wilkinson wrote.

Robin Waites, executive director of the Historic Columbia Foundation went on to say, “When you get the right people around the table, these projects become doable. And when they are finished, people see how these historic structures become jewels for the city.”

Check out the full article online here.

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Holiday Basket and Ticket Giveaway! Enter Today

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Historic Columbia Foundation is giving away four tickets to our upcoming Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides (12.20.12 or 12.21.12), plus a basket filled with holiday goodies, a total prize value of $75! One lucky winner and three guests of his or her choice will enjoy this annual holiday event. Enjoy the decorated halls of the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or Mann-Simons Site on a guided candlelit tour and then take a carriage ride around the historic Robert Mills Neighborhood! Not to mention you will take home a holiday gift basket filled with goodies from the Gift Shop at Robert Mills.

Quick Entry Links: Enter via Facebook
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Your four tickets are redeemable for the Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides taking place at the Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1616 Blanding Street, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20 OR Friday, December 21. Winner will be announced on December 14. Basket and tickets must be picked up at the Seibels House (1601 Richland Street) by 5 p.m. on 12/19/2012 to ensure you can enjoy the holiday event! Thanks for your entry and good luck!

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Historic Columbia Foundation Makes History at 50th Birthday Celebration!

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Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us on November 9 at our 50thHCF 50th Birthday Celebration photos Birthday Celebration! The event raised $50,000 for Historic Columbia Foundation to continue our mission to nurture, support and protect the historical and cultural heritage of Columbia and its environs through programs of advocacy, education and preservation. Thank you for a wonderful 50 years, and here’s to 50 more!

Check out the party pics! HCF has posted all of the photos from the party on Facebook here and here. Tag, comment and “like” away!

Did you take photos too? We would love to see them. Post your party pics on our Facebook wall or email them to atucker@historiccolumbia.org.

If you are not already a HCF member we encourage you to join today. Be part of an organization committed to preserving the past and promoting avenues to a positive future. Membership benefits include discounted prices, early notification for specialty events, unlimited FREE house tours – including our Holiday Tours, discounts in our Gift Shop and much more.

Join HCF today to ensure that the history of our region is preserved and protected for generations to come. If you have questions about membership click here, email wspratt@historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.7742 x 12.

Historic Columbia Foundation is also accepting donations to our 50th Anniversary Fund through the end of 2012 – make your contribution here!

Miss the party? Or ready for the next great event? HCF hosts a variety of programs and events for all ages all year long! Join us for one of our other upcoming events. Raise a glass to HCF at our upcoming Chili Cook-Off fund raiser on Saturday, February 23, and continue to help raise funds for our next 50 years.

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Annual Holiday House Tours Kick Off the Holiday Season at Historic Columbia Foundation Starting Friday, November 16

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s annual Holiday House Tours kick off on Friday, November 16. View the decorated halls of all three of HCF’s historic house museums—the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion and Mann-Simons Site—as part of HCF’s regular daily tours from November 16 – December 31.

Enjoy stories from holidays past in Columbia and learn how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries as guides lead you through the beautifully decorated halls of these historic sites. Tours run Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4 pm. Tours are just $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tours do not run on Mondays, Christmas and New Years Day.

Holiday House Tours are just one of the many holiday events HCF will offer this November and December. The full line-up of holiday events is listed below.

Historic Holidays Program for Scouts
November 17 – December 22 (by reservation)
Tour three historic houses and learn how families in Columbia celebrated the holidays throughout the 19th century. Enjoy a visit from our Victorian Santa Claus, holiday crafts and hot chocolate and cookies.
$8 per scout, $5 per adult

Early Adventures: Santa’s Little Helpers
November 19 – December 21 (by reservation)
Children ages 3-8 will play games, make crafts and listen to stories in our cozy Carriage House.  Enjoy a visit with from our Victorian Santa Claus, hot chocolate and cookies. Private groups of 10 or more, reservations required.
$6 per child

Family Day: Historic Holidays
Saturday, December 8 | 10 am – Noon
Children are invited to participate in a variety of holiday activities highlighting South Carolina holiday history, crafts, the decorated Robert Mills House and more.
Free for HCF members
Non-members: $6 for first child, $3 for each additional

Choir Showcase and $1 Holiday Tours
Saturday, December 8 | Noon – 4 pm
Local elementary schools will help HCF celebrate the season by providing musical entertainment for the community. Come hear them sing in front of the Robert Mills House. While you are here, step inside our historic houses to view the holiday decorations.
FREE | Optional House Tour $1

Candlelight Tours and Carriage Rides
Thursday and Friday, December 20 and 21 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Enjoy the decorated halls of our historic Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion by candlelight on a guided tour. Tours highlight southern holiday traditions from the Antebellum through the Victorian Age and into the 20th century. Carriage rides through the Robert Mills historic district will be offered for just $5!
Free for HCF members
Non-members: $6 adults, $3 children

Breakfast with Victorian Santa
Saturday, December 23 | 8 – 11 am
Enjoy a continental breakfast in our cozy Carriage House while listening to seasonal music. After your meal, view the decorated halls of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, see a Victorian Christmas tree, make a holiday craft to take home, and don’t forget to get your picture taken with our Victorian Santa Claus! Reservations required.
HCF Members: $8 adult, $3 youth (4-12)
Non-members: $10 adult, $5 youth (4-12)
Free for all children 3 & under

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Historic Columbia Foundation Offers Guided Walking Tour of Heathwood Neighborhood on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m.

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Historic Columbia Foundation’s “Second Sunday Strolls” monthly walking tours continue with a guided tour of the historic HeathwoodNeighborhood on Sunday, November 11.

Columbia’s Heathwood neighborhood derives its name from Moses Chappell Heath, who established the community east of the city in the early 20th century. Heathwood is a name associated with land developed by both Heath, starting in 1914, and his son-in-law Burwell Deas Manning, Sr., starting about 1940. The centerpiece of this development was Heathwood Hall, M.C. Heath’s home, which no longer stands. A desirable retreat from downtown Columbia, other families began to build within the newly established subdivision during the 1920s and 1930s.

Join HCF at 2 p.m. for this guided walking tour highlighting the architecture and history of Columbia’s historic Heathwood neighborhood. The tour is free for Historic Columbia Foundation members, $6 for non-member adults and $3 for non-memberyouth (age 17 and under). Tickets can be purchased by calling 803.252.1770 ext. 24 or by email at reservations@historiccolumbia.org. Walk-up registrations are also accepted. The tour will meet at Heathwood Park, 800 Amelia Rd.


About Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History: Historic Columbia Foundation invites you to retrace our shared past through its series of webtours, walking tours, mobile apps and wayside exhibits. Explore six virtualtours of Columbia’s historic neighborhoods 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 ofpreservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historicproperties 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 onNovember 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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