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Things to Do in Columbia, SC: Mady's Trip to The New Kid-Friendly Hot Spot
Posted on April 21, 2014 at 9:00AM by Guest Blogger
By Mady Rodrigues-RabyTen-year old Mady lives in the Greater Toronto Area with her parents, two dogs and two cats. She loves to travel and is committed to helping nature and all its creatures. Her ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 17 - 20
Posted on April 16, 2014 at 6:24AM by Amanda Wynn
Get in the swing of spring this weekend and participate in the many exciting happenings going on in Columbia, SC, including the Indie Grits Film Festival, Disney on Ice, breathtaking art ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 11 - 13
Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:09AM by Dayna Cantelmi
This weekend in Columbia, SC features a premier film festival, family fun, outdoor adventures, music and more. Check out five things to do this weekend below, and then browse ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do April 3 – 6
Posted on April 1, 2014 at 11:35AM by Amanda Wynn
The month of April brings with it beautiful weather and exciting events! Check out these five things to do in Columbia, SC this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do March 27 - 30
Posted on March 27, 2014 at 11:17AM by Renée Williamson
This weekend in Columbia, SC features family fun, Southern traditions, college sports, Grammy-winning music and more. Check out seven things to do this weekend below, and then browse our ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 7 Things to Do March 20 - 23
Posted on March 20, 2014 at 12:17PM by Renée Williamson
This weekend we welcome spring to Columbia, SC. We've missed it, for sure. Enjoy a weekend in the Columbia region with lots of things to do, including spring festivals, shopping excursions and ...
Indie Grits Film Festival: 2014 Party and Food Guide
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 8:59AM by Dayna Cantelmi
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Indie Grits 2014: Complete Film Guide
Posted on March 19, 2014 at 5:43AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Back for its eighth year and taking place April 11 - 20, 2014, Indie Grits Film Festival is a one-stop-shop for the very best of the Southeast region's film, culinary, theatrical, art and music ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do March 13 - 16
Posted on March 12, 2014 at 2:06PM by Mary Elkin
It's heating up in Columbia, SC with one of the city's largest festivals, St. Pat's in Five Points! While you're here for some surprisingly Irish fun, sample craft beers from our local breweries ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do March 7 - 9
Posted on March 6, 2014 at 11:08AM by Amanda Wynn
Stroll down Main Street, attend a craft show, run a marathon and more! Find below six things to do in Columbia this weekend, and be sure to browse our calendar of events for even more ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do February 27 – March 2
Posted on February 27, 2014 at 10:39AM by Amanda Wynn
From festivals and art performances to South Carolina State House tours and the happiest 5k on the planet, this weekend is full of things to do throughout the Columbia region:  ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 5 Things to Do February 20 – 23
Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:19AM by Renée Williamson
Whether you're in Columbia, SC for the weekend or a day, this weekend offers movies and music, food and shopping, events, dancing and more. Find below 5 things to do Friday through Sunday ...
What's Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do February 13 - 16
Posted on February 11, 2014 at 7:55AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Due to weather conditions, some events listed below may be canceled or locations may be closed temporarily. Be sure to check with the location about openings and closings, and only travel if you know ...
Valentine's Day 2014 in The New Romantic Hot Spot
Posted on February 8, 2014 at 3:43AM by Mary Elkin
Southern hospitality comes naturally in Columbia, SC. So when the ultimate day of love rolls around, you can be sure we'll help make your romantic evening or weekend unforgettable. From a quiet ...
What’s Hot This Weekend: 6 Things to Do February 6 - 9
Posted on February 5, 2014 at 8:00PM by Mary Elkin
From concerts to one-of-a-kind art exhibits, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our six suggestions below, but also be ...
What's Hot This Week: 5 Things to Do January 31 - February 5
Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:14AM by Renée Williamson
Whether you’re looking for events and things to do around the Columbia region, or plan on visiting one of Columbia, SC’s sports bars to watch “The Big Game,” this weekend and ...
What’s Hot This Week: 5 Things to Do January 23 – 29
Posted on January 23, 2014 at 7:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
From concerts to culinary celebrations, the Columbia region is absolutely packed with a wide range of things to do this weekend. Take a look at our five suggestions below, but also be sure to ...

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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