COLUMBIA, S.C., Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016 — October is full of exciting events at Historic Columbia – from a neighborhood walking tour of Arsenal Hill, to the 13th annual Bluegrass, Bidding and BBQ fundraiser, to the family-friendly Trunk or Treat. The full October calendar of events is highlighted below.
Second Sunday Stroll | Arsenal Hill
Sunday, Oct. 9 | 2 – 3 p.m. | Tour begins at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church
Named for the military academy established in 1842, Arsenal Hill rests within the northwest section of Columbia’s original two-mile-by-two-mile city limits. As the highest point within the capital city’s downtown, with impressive vistas to the south and west, Arsenal Hill became a desirable residential area for white elites during the antebellum era and then for middle- and working-class African Americans during the later 19th and 20th centuries. Soon after the area’s residential development came industrial, commercial, spiritual, educational and governmental institutions, all of which have resulted in an eclectic mix of architecture and community histories. The tour will meet at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, located at 900 Calhoun Street. Guests will enjoy a special one-time tour of the church and light snacks. The tour is 90-minutes in length and walk-ins are welcome! Tickets are free for members and are $8/adults and $5/youth for non-members. Visithistoriccolumbia.org to purchase tickets.
Thursday, Oct. 13 | 6 – 9:30 p.m. | Elmwood Cemetery
Grab your flashlight and join Historic Columbia and Elmwood Cemetery staff for guided tours presenting some of Columbia’s eerie and peculiar past by the light of the moon! Different than the regular monthly tours, Spirits Alive! Cemetery Tours feature costumed tour guides, snacks and other Halloween-related activities. Tours begin every 30 minutes, and the last tour starts at 8:30 p.m. Admission includes tour of Elmwood Cemetery and light snacks. Tickets for members are $8 for adults and $4 for youth, and tickets for non-members are $12 for adults and $6 for youth. Space is limited. Visit historiccolumbia.org to purchase tickets.
Dollar Sunday | Robert Mills House & Gardens
Sunday, Oct. 16 | 1 – 4 p.m. | Robert Mills House & Gardens
Residents of Richland and Lexington Counties are invited to take a guided tour of one of our historic house museums for just $1! This month, visit the Robert Mills House & Gardens for Dollar Sunday. General admission prices apply for any house tours after the first. Walk-ins welcome! Tours take place between 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Purchase admission and meet for tours at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills House, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Visit historiccolumbia.org to learn more.
Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQ
Thursday, Oct. 20 | 7 – 10 p.m. Robert Mills House & Gardens
Join Historic Columbia’s The Palladium Society at the 13th annual Bluegrass, Bidding & BBQfundraiser presented by . This annual celebration will feature live music by the Mustache Brothers, delicious barbecue from Yellow Dog Barbecue, specialty drinks byBourbon and an assortment of silent auction items. Bluegrass, Bidding and BBQ will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20 on the grounds of the Robert Mills House & Gardens, located at 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia. Ticket prices are $20 for Palladium members, $30 for Historic Columbia members and $40 for the general public. Tickets are $40 at the door. Food and beverages are included with ticket purchase. All proceeds will support Historic Columbia. Visithistoriccolumbia.org/bbq for more information and to purchase tickets.
Palmetto Garden Club Holiday Greenery Order Deadline
Monday, Oct. 24 | Online order deadline
Every year, the Palmetto Garden Club hosts a Holiday Greenery Sale to benefit Historic Columbia. The deadline to place online orders is Monday, Oct. 24. The sale features fresh from North Carolina holiday greenery, top quality paper whites and amaryllis, South Carolina grown raw and specialty pecans, locally grown poinsettias and garden gift items.Orders over $300 will be delivered to your home or business and all other orders will be available for pick-up on Thursday, Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Robert Mills Carriage House. Visit palmettogardenclub.org to place your online order.
Trunk or Treat
Friday, Oct. 28 | 5:30 – 7 p.m. | Robert Mills House Parking Lot
Put on your costume and join Historic Columbia as they bring the fun of Halloween to the Robert Mills House during Trunk or Treat from 5:30 -7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Children will enjoy trick-or-treating with a twist in a safe and fun environment. Community members and organizations will display decorated trunks filled with candy in the parking lot of the Robert Mills House, located at 1616 Blanding Street. Awards and prizes for best costumes and best-decorated trunk will be given at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. If you would like to register your vehicle to participate, please register via email by Monday, Oct. 24. Visit historiccolumbia.org to learn more about the event and to register your vehicle.
Historic House Museum Tours
Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Historic Columbia’s historic house museum tours offer a peek into the past! Tour the Robert Mills House, Hampton-Preston Mansion or Woodrow Wilson Family Home to learn more about Columbia’s history. Tours are free for members, $8 for adults, $5 youth (ages 6-17) and free for children under 5. For a more detailed tour schedule, visit historiccolumbia.org.
Historic Columbia is happy to arrange a private guided tour for your group of 10 or more with advance registration. Bus tours are available. Contact our tour and program coordinator at 803.252.1770 ext. 23 or .
Friday, Oct. 7 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | Mann-Simons Site
Students will have the opportunity to explore the new permanent exhibit and artifacts at the Mann-Simons Site and learn how a middle-class African American family lived during antebellum Columbia, through the Civil War and Reconstruction, the Jim Crow era and into the early civil rights years. The property’s original owners, Ben Delane and Celia Mann, were born into slavery in Charleston, gained their freedom and resettled in Columbia as free people of color. By 1843, Ben owned the property and made provision for it to be given to his wife, Celia. Celia Mann’s descendants would continue to live and prosper at the site until 1970. The Mann-Simons Site was closed to the public for nearly two years to allow Historic Columbia to reinterpret the history of the many generations that lived and worked there. Students at this Homeschool Friday will be one of the first groups to experience the exciting new exhibits and hands-on activities that the site has to offer!The tour will take place from 10 – 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 7 and at the Mann-Simons Site, located at 1403 Richland St. in Columbia. The cost is per student, with an accompanying adult for free. Homeschool Friday is $5 for members, $6 for non-members and $8 for both members and non-members at the door. Visit historiccolumbia.org to purchase tickets.
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.