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Historic Columbia Gives Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Historic Hangar and Future Brewpub

Hops in the Hangar! May 25 & 26

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 10, 2016)—Historic Columbia is hosting two nights of a special new and current member appreciation tour of the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar and future home of a new Hunter Gatherer brewpub at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26, at the Jim Hamilton – L.B. Owens Airport. 

“With the sale of this historic site final, we are excited to offer our members the first glimpse of what is to become a popular gathering place in Rosewood,” says Wendi Spratt, HC director of development. “If you have thought about joining Historic Columbia before, this is the perfect time to sign up with our special pricing and experience the benefits that come with your support of a great cause.” 

Presented by 2nd Wind Heating and Air, enjoy a Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the circa-1929 Curtiss-Wright Hangar and craft beer. The hangar was the first building erected at Owens Field, an historic site that represents the contributions of air transportation to Columbia and South Carolina. First used to house airplanes for passenger and airmail services, this landmark building was used later as space for the civilian flight training program and finally for general aircraft maintenance. During the 1930s, Owens Field had the distinction of hosting many well-known aviators and personalities, including Amelia Earhart and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now the historic hangar is poised to become the home of a new Hunter Gatherer brewery.  

The tour features the history of the hangar, plans for adaptive reuse as a brewpub and comments from Hunter Gatherer Owner Kevin Varner about his brewing process and equipment. As a special treat, a B-25B Mitchell bomber, the same type of airplane used by the famous Doolittle Raiders will be on display! The restoration of this historic plane, nicknamed “Skunky,” was made possible through support from the Richland County Conservation Commission.

Craft beer and wine will be provided by Vino Garage and Tradesmen Brewing Co. (Charleston, SC) and other refreshments will be served. Food will be provided by Rosewood Market on Wednesday and by Spotted Salamander on Thursday. Limited spots available so please register today!

Wednesday, May 25 is for Palladium Society members only. $10 for current Palladium members. A new Individual Palladium Membership + one ticket is $55 (a savings of $20). A new Palladium Family Membership + two tickets is $85 (a savings of $40).

Thursday, May 26 is for Historic Columbia members only. $10 for current HC members. A new Individual Membership + one ticket is $45 (a savings of $15). A new Family Membership + two tickets is $70 (a savings of $30).

For membership and registration information, please visit historiccolumbia.org, call 803-252-7742 ext 15, or email lmojkowski@historiccolumbia.org.

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