Thanksgiving holiday hours a time to bring the family to HC’s gardens and houses
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Nov. 9, 2015)—Join Historic Columbia for Santa Signing Day at the Gift Shop at the Robert Mills House on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. located at 1616 Blanding Street. The event is free and open to the public.
Santa Signing Day is a family favorite event that only happens once a year. Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills for a one-day storewide sale of 30% off, including holiday décor and gift items! Our Victorian Santa will be available to sign free holiday greetings for the little ones and take photos. Families will be able to buy exclusive holiday treats like Santa’s Magic Key and Santa’s Holiday Letter Kit as well as Reindeer Food, sure to lure Rudolph and friends on Christmas Eve. Complimentary cookies and drinks will be available while shopping. During this free event, register for giveaways for a great holiday stocking packed with goodies or for a beautiful holiday wreath for Mom or Dad.
The beautiful grounds and gardens of HC’s historic properties are always free and a great way to walk off Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family—or bring a picnic of leftovers! Historic Columbia’s properties include more than 14 acres of landscapes, featuring gardens that range from an expansive park-like setting with an elaborate formal garden to a traditional 19th-century swept yard.
Plan to take a Historic Holiday Tour beginning Nov. 20, to view a variety of holiday decorations and traditions in the Robert Mills House and Hampton-Preston Mansion. Guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Tour the Woodrow Wilson Family Home to experience the only museum of Reconstruction in the country.
- Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Last house tour will begin at noon.
- Thanksgiving | Thursday, Nov. 26 – HC house tours and administrative offices will be closed
- Friday, Nov. 27 – House tours resume at 10:00 a.m. HC administrative offices will be closed.
- Historic Columbia’s gardens are free and open to the public during our regular hours of operation. Come take a stroll through 200 years of history with us!
Historic Columbia’s normal hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (last tour begins at 3:00 p.m.; Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 (last tour begins at 4 p.m.).
For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org
About Historic Columbia:
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. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube for more details.