1. Holiday House Tours:
    -November 18 - December 31: Tuesday ' Sat. 10:00 am ' 4:00 pm (Last tour begins at 3 p.m.); Sundays 1 p.m. ' 5 p.m. (Last tour begins at 4 p.m.); Closed on Mondays, Christmas and New Years.
    -General admission rates per house: Adults $6, Youth (6-17) $3, ages 5 and under Free Members Free, AAA adults, over 65, college students with I.D., and active military $5, AAA youth $2.59. 
    -Purchase Tickets at the Robert Mills Museum Shop,1616 Blanding Street.

    Enjoy the holiday season with guided tours of our house museums. The Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, and Mann-Simons Cottage are all decorated for the season. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the Holidays in the 19th and early 20th centuries. View a variety of holiday decorations in each house and stunning details of our faux food on display. 

    2. Homeschool Fridays: Historic Holidays:   
    -Friday, December 2, 10:00 am ' 11:30 am. Robert Mills House & Garden (1616 Blanding Street) 
    -Admission rate is $5 per student

    Elementary and middle school homeschooled students are invited to participate in Historic Columbia's 'Homeschool Fridays' program. Discover how families in the 19th century celebrated the holidays in Columbia by seeing the houses as they could have been decorated. Students will learn about holiday customs, food, parties, and decorations. Craft activity includes making cotton-boll angels to place on trees or desks at home. Reservations are suggested. Homeschool group reservations welcome. Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation.
    For more information, please contact James Quint at jquint@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 36.

    3. Scout Day: Historic Holidays:
    -December 3, 2011, 10 a.m. ' Noon, Robert Mills House & Gardens (1616 Blanding Street) 
    -Admission rate is $8 per scout, $5 per adult

    Scouts will tour three historic houses and learn how families in Columbia celebrated the holidays throughout the 19th century. A Victorian Santa Claus will visit with children and listen to those holiday gift requests. Scouts can also make a holiday craft and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.
    Reservations required
    . Group reservations welcome.

    4. Family Day: Historic Holidays:
    -December 10, 2011, 10 a.m. ' Noon, Robert Mills House & Garden (1616 Blanding Street) 
    -Admission rate is $6 for child, $3 for additional children. Free for adults and members.

    Enjoy the holidays in the decorated Robert Mills House and learn how the Christmas tree appeared in South Carolina as well as how a South Carolinian made the poinsettia a well-known holiday decoration.
    Reservations requested (email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 ext. 24).

    5. FREE Choir Showcase and $1 Tours
    -Saturday, December 10, Noon ' 4:00 pm, Robert Mills House and Gardens (1616 Blanding Street)  -Free Showcase open to public, tours just $1

    Local elementary schools will help us celebrate the season by demonstrating their talent and providing musical entertainment for the community. Come hear them sing in front of our Robert Mills House. While you are here, step inside our historic houses to view the holiday decorations.

    6. Second Sunday Stroll: Guided Walking Tour of Main Street
    -Sunday, December 11, 2011, 2 p.m.
    -Tour is free for members (with membership card); $6 adults, $3 youth (17 and under).

    Meet at the front steps of the State House on the Gervais Street side. Take a Second Sunday Strolls guided walking tour of historic Main Street, decorated for the holidays! Tours are 30 ' 60 minutes in length.
    Proceeds benefit Historic Columbia Foundation. Reservations requested (email reservations@historiccolumbia.org or call 803.252.1770 ext. 24).

    7. Breakfast with Victorian Santa
    -Saturday, December 17 8:00 a.m. ' 11:00 a.m. Robert Mills House and Gardens (1616 Blanding Street) 
    -Admission rate is $8 members / $4 member youth, $10 non-member adults / $5 non-member youth

    Join HCF for a holiday treat to remember. 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, make a holiday craft to take home, and don't forget to get your picture taken with our Victorian Santa Claus!
    Reservations required (reservations@historiccolumbia.org or 803.252.1770 ext. 24).

    8. FREE Candlelight Tours and $5 Carriage Rides:
    -December 15 & 16, 5:30 pm ' 8:30 pm, Robert Mills House & Garden (1616 Blanding Street) 
    -Free admission to Candlelight Tours, carriage rides just $5/person

    Enjoy the decorated halls of our historic Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion, or Mann-Simons Site by candlelight on a guided tour. Before or after your house tour, enjoy carriage rides through the Robert Mills historic district.

    9. FREE Toy Roadshow
    -December 17, 11:00 am ' 2:00 pm, Seibels House & Garden (1601 Richland Street)

    Children are invited to bring their favorite keepsake, lockets, toys, teacups, spoons, or other vintage item to our Toy Roadshow! Experts will be on-hand to appraise and share tips on caring for your antique toy(s). Adults are also welcome to bring their childhood toys (preference will be given to children). Food and old-fashion toy vendors will be on-hand.

    10. Dollar Sunday Admission (Richland and Lexington County Residents only): 
    -December 18 1:00 pm ' 5:00 pm (last tour begins at 4 pm)

    Take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1 (members of Richland and Lexington Counties). Visit the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or the Mann-Simons Site. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Purchase tickets at the Museum Shop at Robert Mills House.

    BONUS: Stop by the Museum Shop during your visit to shop local this holiday season.  -Hours: Tuesday ' Saturday from 10:00 am ' 4:00 pm, Sunday from 1:00 pm ' 5:00 pm. -1616 Blanding Street -Choose from a wide variety of palmetto items, art, cookbooks, jewelry, candles and more.

    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 four 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 began on November 13, 2011) will include a variety of community celebratory events.
    Visit 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.
    Click on 'donate' at historiccolumbia.org

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