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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 ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Chili Cook-Off, "Cinderella," Harambee Festival Feb. 26 - 28
Posted on February 25, 2016 at 2:33PM by Dayna Cantelmi
From chili and ballet to Michael Jackson and cabaret, we've got all that and more this weekend! Scroll down for our roundup below, then peruse our calendar of events for all that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: "A Silver Screen Affair," Muppet Sing Along, Mann-Simons Site Feb. 19 - 21
Posted on February 18, 2016 at 2:44PM by Dayna Cantelmi
We're in for a #famouslyhot taste of Spring this weekend and there are plenty of events and fun things to do happening around town to get you out and about! Read on for our roundup below, then look ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Sweet on CMA, That's Amore Y'all, R. Kelly, Sidewalk Astronomy Feb. 12 - 14
Posted on February 12, 2016 at 6:57AM by Dayna Cantelmi
Cupid is in Columbia this weekend with a jam-packed schedule of Valentine's Day events. Keep reading for our roundup below, then check out our calendar of events for everything that's ...
What's Hot This Weekend: Arts & Draughts, Black History Parade, Mardis Gras Columbia Feb. 5 - 7
Posted on February 5, 2016 at 7:26AM by Dayna Cantelmi
The winter blues don't exist in Columbia. This weekend is packed with events, festivals, exhibits, shows and more! Continue on for our roundup below, then take a look at our calendar of ...
10 Local Hints for Valentine's Day
Posted on February 4, 2016 at 8:07AM by Guest Blogger
Love is in the air in Columbia, SC as Valentine's Day approaches. Whether looking for the perfect gift or romantic moment, here are some ideas to show some love this holiday.Bruges ...

South Carolina Governor's Mansion

  • 800 Richland Street
  • Columbia, SC 29201
  • Phone: 803-737-1710
  • Fax: 803-737-3860
  • Visit Website

The South Carolina Governor's Mansion became the official residence for state governors in 1868.

Built in 1855 as a residence for officers of Arsenal Military Academy, the building was spared during the burning of Columbia in the War Between the States. The Governor’s Mansion is open for free tours to the public by appointment

Tour Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 10:00, 10:30, and 11:00 am


Stop and Smell the Flowers....
The Governor’s Mansion Garden is home to some the largest trees in the state (Magnolia and Crape Myrtle). Jim Cothran, a well known garden historian from Atlanta, makes sure to come by because the garden is true to its history, complete with paths of unique crushed stone.

The garden is also home to a few old and new impressive fountains. Mrs. Boylston, who lived to be in her 90s, was the major gardener of the boxwood garden and there are some delightful stories about her.

Even with the historic nature of the garden and the fact that the Mansion is a home to a very active young (& important) family, the gardens are enjoyed by Columbia citizens and guests. The gardens are very popular with city workers during their lunch break and are used for weddings about every weekend in the spring and summer.

The gardens cover a city block and the gates are open to the public during the week 9:30am to 4:30 pm.


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