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How much do you know about Columbia? On Friday, January 26, Historic Columbia hosted their Trivia Happy Hour at the Seibel’s House & Gardens. These happy hours happen about four times a year. James Quint, the Director of Education for Historic Columbia, says that “folks can enjoy some drinks and also have an interactive experience of Columbia’s history.


The Seibel’s House is the oldest house in Columbia. Built in 1796, the home is on the original farthest East side of Columbia, and has been everything from retail stores to restaurants, and is now a Historic Columbia space.

The view of the gardens from the sunroom of the Seibel House.

If you aren’t a history buff, no worries. “There’s always fun elements to the things we do here, and we have a great demographic of younger people and older people,” says Quint, “history is always happening, and we try to make it personal.”

Historic Columbia supports the preservation of the culture and historical aspects of Columbia and Richland county, and has several events coming up this month; and each one looks to create a connection between the community of modern Columbia and the roots of the past.

“We want people to be invested in the community. For people who are new to Columbia, this is a great way to get to know the area and meet people, and if you’ve been here all your life, there’s always more to learn,” says Quint.

Can’t make it to this event? Be sure to check out their weekly tours, Tuesday-Saturday 10am-3pm, and Sunday, 1pm-4pm. Tours are offered at the Robert Mills House & GardensHampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens, Manns-Simons Site, or the Woodrow Wilson Family Home.

Their next event, on February 2nd, is a lesson in Columbia Civil Rights History, highlighting the important African Americans who made a lasting impression on the city of Columbia. For more information on this event and others, visit historiccolumbia.org.

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