You're Invited: An Evening of Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ

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The Palladium Society of Historic Columbia Foundation invites the community to attend their 8th annual Silent Auction on November 10, 2011 from 7 pm – 10 pm on the historic grounds of the Robert Mills House & Garden (1616 Blanding Street). The theme for this year’s event is “Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ” and will include live entertainment by Old Growth String Band. Admission includes food, drinks and live music!

The Silent Auction is a fundraising event for Historic Columbia Foundation. Last year’sevent raised nearly $10,000 for local preservation and education efforts. Those attending the event will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of items, including vacation packages, shopping deals and art, while enjoying the scenic grounds at the Robert Mills House.

Ticket Information

The cost to attend is $20 for Historic Columbia Foundation members and $35 general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at http://palladiumauction.eventbrite.com or by phone at (803) 252-7742 ext. 11.

Those who join The Palladium Society before purchasing their auction tickets will receive a special savings of $15 off the ticket price (compared to general admission rate).
Membership details…

About The Palladium Society:
The Palladium Society is a dynamic organization of young professionals that supports the mission of Historic Columbia Foundation through educational, social, and fundraising initiatives.

Members of the Palladium Society have the opportunity to:
• Network with other young professionals
• Learn about Columbia’s significant past and have a say in its future.
• Volunteer at exciting Palladium events, such as the annual Chili Cook-off and the Silent Auction.
• Hold leadership positions on various committees.
• Attend social events such as happy hours, pub-crawls, and other activities with other young professional groups.

Historic Columbia Foundation membership dues begin at $35. The Palladium Society is an Affiliate level that can be added to any membership category for an additional $15 per single or $25 per couple. More information about becoming involved in The Palladium Society…

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 RichlandCounty. 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 begins on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events. Learn more…

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Please Help Support the Hampton-Preston Garden Restoration Project with a Holiday Greenery Purchase by October 31, 2011

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COLUMBIA, SC (October 18, 2011) – With temperatures in the 70s and even 80s, it’s hard to believe the holidays are fast approaching.  Historic Columbia Foundation wants to remind you that Christmas is just 67 days away.  Why the reminder? They are asking area residents, businesses and organizations to support the annual Holiday Greenery Sale, put on by the Palmetto Garden Club.  Time is short – Greenery sales end on October 31, 2011.  Proceeds from the Holiday Greenery Sale benefit the garden restoration project at Hampton-Preston Mansion.  Orders may be placed on the http://www.scholidaygreenery.com website or by mail (print-friendly brochure available on the www.scholidaygreenery.com website).

Items available for purchase include single  and double-face wreaths, poinsettias, paper whites, pecans, garlands, bows and the popular bloomsaver cut flower caddy. Made especially for Palmetto Garden Club, the wreaths and garlands come direct from the mountains of North Carolina. For as little as $10, you can help support the garden restoration project at Hampton Preston. Orders may be picked up on December 1, 2011 at the Robert Mills Carriage House (1616 Blanding Street) from 10 am – 2 pm. Free delivery is available for orders over $300.

About the cause, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says, “Your Holiday Greenery purchase will help restore the Hampton-Preston gardens and grounds to their former splendor, allowing families to enjoy this historic space for years to come”.

The four-acre garden that once graced the Hampton-Preston Mansion grounds was a destination for travelers to Columbia beginning in the 1840s. A visitor in 1860 noted, “The gardens here have ever been the admiration of all travelers, and certainly they surpass anything I have ever seen in pleasure grounds. The most beautiful place here, and the prettiest I have ever seen, is ex-Senator Preston’s, although there are a few here that almost equal its beauty.” The grandeur of the estate’s gardens enjoyed national coverage by the 1850s and 1860s, with articles appearing in The Sentinel from Waterford, New York, and The Farmer and Planter. Notable visitors to the property during this time period included James LeConte, Louis Agassiz, and John Audubon.

Regrettably, the gardens were destroyed by 1947 to clear the block for commercial development. However, thanks to the popularity of the gardens’ beauty, the property was extensively documented both in written word and by photographs, and much of this evidence survives today.

Using historic documentation of the Hampton-Preston estate as a guide, Historic Columbia Foundation seeks to revitalize the 4-acre property in the spirit and design of Mary Cantey Hampton and Caroline Hampton Preston’s antebellum gardens. Plans for a 3-phase, multi-year implementation approach begin with the revitalization of the southern portion of the property, with ground broken in Fall 2011. Included in this first phase will be installation of new irrigation, pathways, edging, lighting, as well as new plantings selected from plants available prior to 1865 in general, and specifically from those known to have been grown on the property during the 1830s through 1860s.

New gardens created within the antebellum-period pathway and bed framework of Mrs. Hampton and Mrs. Preston’s garden during the first phase of the garden revitalization project will include:

A Fountain Garden, designed in the romantic style will feature a working replica of a fountain designed by renowned 19th-century sculptor Hiram Powers and restored fountain basin, two wooden arches, and clipped boxwood parterres displaying a naturalistic collection of antebellum period ornamental shrubs, vines, and trees.

A Welcome Garden, will serve as an inviting space through which guests to the mansion and gardens will enter the property, located immediately in front of and surrounding the mansion. This formal garden will feature plantings of clipped boxwood hedges and heirloom roses designed in the English style. Additionally, this garden will display a shady canopy of magnolias, and other flowering trees, shrubs, and perennials, chosen particularly for their fragrance.

A Children’s Garden will be a walled garden designed to a child’s scale. This garden will surround a new antebellum-style gazebo and memorial space, and will appeal to a child’s sense of exploration and discovery, including spaces to encourage active, creative, and imaginative play.

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 begins on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events.  Click on the 50th Anniversary banner on http://www.historiccolumbia.org for details.  Consider a “+50” donation to help Historic Columbia Foundation continue to make a difference in the community over the next 50 years.  Details are available at http://historiccolumbia.org.

 

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Historic Columbia Foundation Announces $10 Pricing For Forest Acres Lecture Series, Kicking off on Wednesday, October 19, 2011

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COLUMBIA, SC (October 16, 2011) – Historic Columbia Foundation’s popular Forest Acres Lecture Series is back again this year, with new topics, a new location (A.C. Flora High School), and new pricing. Historic Columbia Foundation is pleased to announce their special $10 offer. Attend any one of the upcoming Forest Acres Lectures, led by Dr. Warner Montgomery, for just $10. Enjoy light refreshments and meet Dr. Warner Montgomery, author of Images of Forest Acres.

This year’s new location (A.C. Flora High School) has also made it possible for Historic Columbia Foundation to easily accommodate walk-in guests to the lectures. Interested in attending this week’s session on Geography, Exploration, and Settlement: 1540-1900? Simply come to the auditorium at A.C. Flora High School at 5:45 on Wednesday, October 19 (15 minutes before the lecture starts) and sign-up for the lecture. Dr. Warner Montgomery will be discussing the Fall Line, Taylor Town and the Old Camden Road; as well as the Taylor, Hampton, and Dent families.

Light refreshments served during lectures, participants who purchase the 3-lecture option will receive $10 refund towards a purchase made at a Forest Acres retailer between October 19 – November 2, 2011.

Interested in attending all 1, 2, or all 3 lectures (Wednesdays, Oct. 19 – Nov. 2)? Here’s a rundown of the lecture topics, as well as details on the optional bus tour (Oct. 23), with pricing information:

October 19, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Lecture: Geography, Exploration, and Settlement: 1540-1900; The Fall Line, Taylor Town and the Old Camden Road; The Taylor, Hampton, and Dent families. Meets at A.C. Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive

October 23, 2 pm -5 pm
Optional Bus Tour: Quinine Hill, Forest Lake, and all places in between
Limited availability, available to those who attend the Lecture Series for an additional cost (details below). Meets at A.C. Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive.

October 26, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Lecture: Religion, Retreats, and Recreation: 1900-1935; Bethel Church, Quinine Hill, and Lakeview; Sen. James H. Hammond and John Hughes Cooper. Meets at A.C. Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive.

November 2, 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Lecture: A City: Develops and Thrives: 1935-2010; Water, Roads, Schools, Churches, Businesses; From Hazlehurst to Brunson; From 300 to 10,000 residents. Meets at A.C. Flora High School, 1 Falcon Drive.

Cost Information:
New this year! Cost for One Lecture: Just $10
(same price for Historic Columbia Foundation members, non-members, faculty and students)

Cost for All Three Lectures:
Historic Columbia Foundation Members: $25 (includes all three lectures)
Non-members: $35 (includes all three lectures)
Forest Acres Residents: $30 (includes all three lectures)
AC Flora Faculty: $25 (includes all three lectures)
AC Flora Students: $15 (includes all three lectures)

Cost including Bus Tour:
Historic Columbia Foundation Members: $35 (includes all three lectures plus the bus tour)
Non-members: $45 (includes all three lectures plus the bus tour)
Forest Acres residents: $40 (includes all three lectures plus the bus tour)
AC Flora Faculty: $35 (includes all three lectures plus the bus tour)
AC Flora Students: n/a

About the Lecture Series, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says “Whether you attended last year’s lectures or will be a first-time guest, this year’s topics and special pricing are just two great reasons to come out and enjoy a Forest Acres lecture”.

On-site registration available at A.C. Flora High School. Arrive 15 minutes before the lecture starts to complete registration form. Online registration information and forms (electronic and printable) are available on the Historic Columbia Foundation website at http://www.historiccolumbia.org (visit registration form direct here).  Those who prefer to mail-in registration may do so by sending their printed registration form to 1601 Richland Street, 29201 attn: Ann Posner. Registration forms are also available at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding Street. More information is available by phone at 803.252.1770, ext. 24 or by email at mailto: reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

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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Y.O.G.A. Event this Sat. ~ History + Health = Famously Hot Yoga

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Historic Columbia Foundation to Host Y.O.G.A. Event at The Historic Big Apple on October 15, 2011 from 1 pm – 3 pm

Columbia, SC – (October 12, 2011) – History is the story of the past. Yoga is the story we create in the present. Join Historic Columbia Foundation and Dara Brown for a Y.O.G.A. (Your Own Geographic Area) event this Saturday, October 15 at the historic Big Apple in Columbia,SC.  The event will take place from1 – 3 pm at The Big Apple, located at 1000 Hampton Street in downtown Columbia.

Attendees will hear stories from the past on a walking tour of some of Columbia’s local historic treasures, followed by a yoga practice led by Dara Brown, a certified Anusara yoga instructor (http://www.facebook.com/DaraBrownYoga), suitable for all levels of experience (yoga mats provided). Attendees will use what they learn about the past to inform the present narrative.

Yoga mats will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable walking shoes and clothes appropriate for exercise. The tour will be about 1.5 miles in length and last about 45 minutes to 1 hour and will be followed by a yoga mat session. Participants must turn in a signed copy of the release form, available on the Historic Columbia Foundation website here: http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/15/events/yoga-your-own-geographic-area-at-the-big-apple. The cost of the event is $20.

About the event, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says “Combine your appreciation for history and enjoyment of yoga into one experience at our Y.O.G.A. event this Saturday”.

Registration Info:
There is still time to register!
Complete your registration form (available here)
Email registration: reservations@historiccolumbia.org
Call-in registration: 252-1770×24
Reservations may also be made at the HCF Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding Street
On-site registration will be offered if space is available.

Facebook event listing: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=275932795759735.

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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Forest Acres Lecture Series Kicks Off 10/19: New Location and New Topics

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Historic Columbia Foundation, in partnership with the City of Forest Acres and the Forest Acres Retail Merchant Association (FARMA), invites you to enjoy discussions on the history of the town incorporated in 1935. The lectures will be held at A.C. Flora High School this year, at 1 Falcon Drive.  Special pricing is also being offered this year, with attendees having the option of attending one Lecture of his/her choice for only $10.  Details below.

The History of Forest Acres is part of a recurring series of Early Columbia Lectures hosted by Dr. Warner Montgomery, local historian and author of Images of America: Forest Acres. Dr. Montgomery will delve into the history of Forest Acres through a chronological lens as well as thematically addressing government, businesses, schools and residential growth. Each date features a new topic.

October 19 (Lecture): 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Geography, Exploration, and Settlement: 1540-1900; The Fall Line, Taylor Town and the Old Camden Road; The Taylor, Hampton, and Dent families.

October 23 (Bus Tour): 2 pm- 5 pm
Quinine Hill, Forest Lake, and all places in between

October 26 (Lecture): 6 pm – 7:30 pm
Religion, Retreats, and Recreation: 1900-1935
; Bethel Church, Quinine Hill, and Lakeview; Sen. James H. Hammond and John Hughes Cooper.

November 2 (Lecture): 6 pm – 7:30 pm
A City: Develops and Thrives: 1935-2010;Water, Roads, Schools, Churches,

Businesses; From Hazlehurst to Brunson; From 300 to 10,000 residents.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes ahead of time to check in. The book Images of America: Forest Acres by Dr. Montgomery will be on sale before and after each lecture.

Admission Information:

Cost Per Lecture: $10 adults/ $5 students
Cost for Bus Tour: $10 adults / $5 students
Attend all three lectures and receive $10 shopping credit for Forest Acres merchants (to be used by 11/2)!

Registrations can be made online via this registration form, emailed to reservations@historiccolumbia.org. Mail-in registration: 1601 Richland Street, 29201 attn: Ann Posner. Registration also available at the event or at the Museum Shop, 1616 Blanding Street. Light refreshments served during lectures. For more information call 803.252.1770, ext. 24 or email reservations@historiccolumbia.org.

Photos, courtesy Warner Montgomery (click any image to enlarge):

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Seeking Craft and Food Vendors for Our 50th Anniversary Celebration

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The 50th Anniversary Celebration for Historic Columbia Foundation is coming up on November 13, 2011! The celebration will include the debut of a new exhibit, walking tours, and a public panel featuring Rodger Stroup, Belinda Gergel, and Walter Edgar.

Historic Columbia Foundation is seeking craft and food vendors to join us in this celebration. Traditional/folk crafts, such as pottery, quilting, homemade jams, homemade soaps and vintage-inspired crafts are especially needed. Details (including application and forms) are posted online here. Questions? Please contact Sarah Blackwell at sblackwell@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 33 for more information.

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Join Us Sunday, October 9 at 2 pm for a Second Sunday Stroll of Hollywood / Rose Hill Neighborhood

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COLUMBIA, SC (October 4, 2011) – Historic Columbia Foundation is holding a walking tour of Columbia’s historic Hollywood / Rose Hill neighborhood on Sunday, October 9, 2011 from 2 pm – 3 pm. Bordered on the south by Rosewood, the north by Wales Garden and Wheeler Hill, the east by Shandon, and the west by the University of South Carolina athletic fields, the Hollywood-Rose Hill neighborhood today is noted for its architectural heritage, the diversity and involvement of its residents, and its proximity to downtown attractions and important services.

A gallery of many of the homes in this historic neighborhood (both past and present day photos) can be found on the Foundation’s Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=273725445983653#!/media/set/?set=a.10150409817131515.410814.39473626514.

Hollywood / Rose Hill resident Zach Kelehear describes the benefits of living in Hollywood-Rose Hill in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E90KoPEpT68&feature=player_embedded&noredirect=1#!.

Those interested in joining the guided tour may make a reservation by email at reservations@historiccolumbia.org, or by phone at (803) 252-1770 ext. 24. The cost of the tour is free for members, $6 adults, and $3 youth (17 and under).

Second Sunday Strolls are a part of Historic Columbia Foundation’s Retrace: Connecting Communities Through History (CCTH) initiative. CCTH includes six virtual tours (including Hollywood / Rose Hill) available at http://www.historiccolumbia.org (click “Retrace” icon at bottom of page) as well as printed tour brochures available in the Museum Shop at 1616 Blanding Street.

Upcoming Second Sunday Strolls (begin at 2 pm on the dates below):
Nov. 13-Robert Mills East. Meet at the Museum Shop at Robert Mills.
Dec. 11-Main St. Meet at the front steps of the State House on the Gervais St. side.
January 15-Heathwood. Meet at Heathwood Park, 800 Abelia Rd.
February 12-Lower Waverly. Meet at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 230 Green St.
March 11-Old Shandon. Meet at Wheatley Branch, RCPL, 931 Woodrow St.
April 15-The Vista. Meet at The Big Apple, 1000 Hampton Street.
May 13-Robert Mills West. Meet at Seibels House, 1601 Richland St.
June 10-Arsenal Hill. Meet at Palmetto Armory and Ironworks, 1900 Lincoln St.

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.

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/histcolumbia
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Robert Mills House Staged for a 19th Century Funeral as Part of October Exhibit, A House in Mourning

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Robert Mills House Staged for a 19th Century Funeral as Part of October Exhibit, A House in Mourning

COLUMBIA, SC (October 3, 2011) – The Robert Mills House will be staged for a fictional, but typical, nineteenth century funeral, complete with a coffin in the parlor as a part of Historic Columbia Foundation’s exhibit, A House in Mourning. The exhibit will run October 2 – 31 at the Robert Mills House, located at 1616 Blanding Street in Columbia, SC.  The exhibit is a part of the Robert Mills House Tour, held Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm (last tour at 3 pm) and Sunday from 1 pm – 5 pm (last tour at 4 pm).  Cost is $6/adults, $3/youth, and free for members.

Authentic Victorian-era artifacts featured in the exhibit include:

  • A Victorian-era silk and velvet mourning dress,
  • Hair jewelry, including a miniature produced locally by Sylvan Brothers,
  • Lace mourning shawls and fan,
  • Jet jewelry with intricate carvings, most likely from Whitby, England,
  • A rare 19th-century medicine kit, and
  • A table clock “stopped” to the hour of death.

Interesting mourning facts that will be discussed as a part of the Robert Mills House tour during the month of October as a part of the A House in Mourning exhibit include:

  • Queen Victoria, devastated by the premature death of her husband Prince Albert in 1861, remained in mourning for the rest of her life. Her immense popularity among Britons and Americans created a “cult of mourning” on both sides of the Atlantic.
  • Victorian mourning customs were based on a strict set of rules that upper- and middle-class families strove to follow. The responsibility fell mainly on women, who were expected to grieve no less than two and a half years for their husband. Widows’ clothing progressed through stages of mourning.

About the exhibit, Robin Waites, Executive Director of Historic Columbia Foundation says “The complex mourning rituals of the 19th century are on display during the month of October at the Robert Mills House”.

Historic Columbia Foundation has a variety of Victorian-era collection items, including garments and jewelry, easily transportable to your TV station or office for photography, video and discussion.  An expert on these collection items is also available for interviews. High resolution photos of the exhibit are also available.

This exhibit is one of a variety of events the Foundation will host in October.

Other October events of interest include: 

Cemetery Tours of Elmwood Cemetery (Historic Hauntings), October 13 from 6 -8:30 pm (http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/13/events/historic-hauntings),

Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit (FREE and Open to the Public), October 1-31
(http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/01/events/scarecrows-in-the-garden),

Pumpkin Patch Early Adventures, October 1 – 31
(http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/01/events/early-adventures-pumpkin-patch), and

Family Day, October 29 from Noon – 2 pm
(http://historiccolumbia.org/site/calendar/2011/10/29/events/family-day-scarecrows-in-the-garden).

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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Scarecrows in the Garden: The Full Lineup

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October is full of Scarecrow events at Historic Columbia Foundation.  If you’re looking for family-friendly events and exhibits, we have you covered! Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation for events with admission. Remember, the Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit (which runs the full month of October) is FREE and open to the public!

Here’s a rundown of Scarecrow events:

1.Opening Reception and Awards
Sunday, October 2, 2 pm – 5 pm

Join us for the Opening Reception and Awards for our Scarecrows in the Garden ContestScarecrows in the Garden exhibit on the Robert Mills House grounds. Judging will take place from 2 pm – 3:30 pm; awards for the business/organization and family/individual categories will be announced at 4 pm. 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 too!

Activities include a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and the new House in Mourning tour debut with highlight tours that feature fashion, practices and traditions that were customary during the Victorian Era. Come dressed as a scarecrow to be eligible for a special prize! Admission includes children’s crafts, highlight tours of House in Mourning, light appetizers, beverages, and family fun.
Members: Adults/$4, Children/Free;
Non-Members: Adults/$8, Children 6-12/$4, Children 5 & under/Free;
Exhibitors: Adults/$4, Children 6-12/$2, Children 5 & under/Free

2. Annual Scarecrows in the Garden Exhibit
FREE and Open to the Public
October 1-31, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm;
Sunday: 1 pm – 5 pm

Take a stroll through the historic Robert Mills House grounds and view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families, and organizations during our FREE Scarecrows in the Garden 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. More information…

3. New Exhibit!
A House in Mourning
October 1 – 31

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 Robert Mills House 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.

Part of the regularly scheduled Robert Mills House Tour. $6/adults, $3/youth, Free for members. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. More information…

4. Something for the little ones!
Pumpkin Patch Early Adventures
October 2011 (month-long)
Available to private groups of 10 or more children (ages 3-8 years old)

Our 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 lasts approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the number of participants.

Reservations required. $6 per child. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. More information…

5. Family Day: Scarecrows in the Garden
October 29, Noon – 2 pm

Children are invited to 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” and “Class Crow” award winners will be announced. This event is $6 for first child/$3 for each additional child/free for members and exhibitors. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. Details…

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.

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