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What's Hot This Memorial Day Weekend: Commemoration & Heritage Celebration, Big & Bold May 27 - 30
Posted on May 26, 2016 at 11:08AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The unofficial start of summer kicks off this weekend with plenty to see and do! Keep reading for our roundup below, then look through our calendar of events for everything else that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Dinner on Main, Xtreme Air 5K, SC Brewers Festival May 20 - 22
Posted on May 17, 2016 at 1:41PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and farms to sports and shows, this weekend offers a little bit of everything! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything else ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Drink Pink Rose Festival, Governor's Cup May 13 - 15
Posted on May 11, 2016 at 1:13PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Fun in the sun, new festivals, live music and more are all in store for this weekend. Read on for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's happening in ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Rosewood Crawfish Festival, Famously Hot Scavenger Hunt May 6 - 8
Posted on May 5, 2016 at 1:50PM by Dayna Cantelmi
With the return of a signature festival, a brand new event and more, this weekend is another one for the books! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of ...
National Travel and Tourism Week is Famously Hot
Posted on April 29, 2016 at 7:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
National Travel and Tourism Week, the national event championing the importance of the travel and tourism industry, is back for its 32nd year May 1 - 7, 2016. Columbia welcomes 14.5 million ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cinco de Mayo, Fireflies, Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival April 29 - May 1
Posted on April 28, 2016 at 12:01PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Enjoy the weekend with a number of spring events, festivals and happenings taking place all over town! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Artista Vista, Rhythm on the River, Columbia Record Fair April 22 - 24
Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The only thing more beautiful than Columbia's #famouslyhot spring weather is its robust arts scene. Enjoy both this weekend with a number of events happening throughout the area. Keep reading for ...
What's Hot this Weekend: Indie Grits, Fireflies Opening Weekend, The Big Nosh April 15 - 17
Posted on April 14, 2016 at 1:43PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot weekend packed with all kinds of fun spring activities! Continue reading for our roundup below, then take a look through our calendar of events for even more ...
Waterfall Junction: A Whimsical Addition to Riverbanks Zoo & Garden
Posted on April 7, 2016 at 12:31PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Waterfall Junction, the 3-acre interactive children's garden created as part of the Destination Riverbanks expansion, is now open to the public at Riverbanks Zoo & Garden.   The ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Hip-Hop Family Day, Alton Brown Live, River Rocks April 8 - 10
Posted on April 6, 2016 at 12:06PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Delve into the many events, shows and cultural experiences going on this weekend! Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's happening ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Columbia Open Studios, Runaway Runway, Freeway Music Festival April 1 - 3
Posted on April 1, 2016 at 6:28AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From festivals and concerts to plays and exhibits, we're in for a jam-packed weekend of exciting events! Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Cream of the Crop, Spring Carnival, Harlem Globetrotters March 25 - 27
Posted on March 22, 2016 at 12:56PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Spring has sprung and is here to stay, so there's no reason not to get out and enjoy all of the events happening around town this weekend! Continue reading for our roundup below, then peruse ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Pat's in Five Points, Soda City Suds Week, "Peter Pan" March 18 - 20
Posted on March 18, 2016 at 7:29AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend marks the official start to spring, so get out and enjoy the #famouslyhot weather and the even hotter events going on around town. Read on for our roundup below, then take a look at ...
What's Hot This Weekend: St. Patrick's Day Parade, Blue Man Group, Cottontail Festival March 11 - 13
Posted on March 10, 2016 at 12:28PM by Dayna Cantelmi
"Spring ahead" into all the fun events and activities going on this weekend! Continue on for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for all that's happening in Columbia, ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Art Day, St. Pat's Official Kickoff, Run Hard Columbia Marathon March 4 - 6
Posted on March 3, 2016 at 6:58AM by Dayna Cantelmi
March is in like a lion this weekend with a full schedule of events, exhibits and shows. Keep reading for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of events for everything ...

Mann-Simons Site

  • 1403 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-252-1770
  • Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday 1 - 5 pm
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Probably built originally as a one-room house on the corner of Marion and Richland streets about 1825 or 1830, the Mann-Simons Cottage evolved over the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to better accommodate the changing needs and tastes of its family members.

A native Charlestonian, Celia Mann was born into slavery in 1799. It is unknown how or when she gained her freedom. According to family legend, she walked from the port city to Columbia where she earned a living as a free-black midwife. Evidence associates Mann with the cottage property as early as 1844.

Mann had four daughters, but in her will she left the majority of her property and the cottage to her youngest daughter, Agnes Jackson, who lived there with her family until her own death in 1907. Later owners included Charles Simons and his wife Amanda Green Simons, whose niece Bernice Robinson Connors, inherited the cottage in 1960 and sold it to the Columbia Housing Authority in 1970. A grassroots movement in 1970 helped preserve the cottage as an historic site, which opened as a house museum in 1978.

All house tours begin at the top of the hour. The last tour is one hour before closing time. Purchase all house tickets in the Museum Shop on the grounds of the Robert Mills House, 1616 Blanding Street. Admission is free to all children under 6 years old and all Historic Columbia Foundation members.


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38th Annual Jubilee: Festival of Heritage

September 17, 2016
Location: Mann-Simons Site
Times: From: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Celebrating the rich cultural heritage and entrepreneurial spirit of a local family, the Jubilee: Festival of Heritage is held annually in late summer on the grounds of the historic Mann-Simons ...More»

Route to (Re)settlement

June 2, 2016-July 30, 2016
Location: Mann-Simons Site
Times: From: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Historic Columbia, Palmetto Curatorial Exchange, and Connelly & Light present Route to (re)settlement, the first installment of an exhibition series examining the stories of African American ...More»