Known as the Ainsley Hall House when work on this Classical Revival mansion began in 1823, what we now know as the Robert Mills House, named so after it's designer, has become one of the many opportunities to walk through the history of Columbia, SC. The Robert Mills House started it's life with the intention of becoming a townhome for Ainsley and Sarah Hall. The death of Ainsley Hall and other circumstances led the home to instead live many other lives. Once the campus of three different religious institutions including Columbia Bible College and a Presbyterian Theological Seminary which was quite renown in it's day. By 1960 the home was abandoned and plans to demolish the beautiful mansion were in place.
In fact some of the bricks had already been removed from this masterpiece by 1961 when historical preservation advocates came together in an effort to save the building. By successfully doing so, the Historic Columbia Foundation came into existence and gave The Robert Mills House yet another life and a chance to shine for generations to come.
By 1967 The Robert Mills House had opened her doors to the public as a historic house museum. Now period pieces adorn each room of the house along with various art pieces that have either been purchased by the Historic Columbia Foundation or remain on loan from other museums and private collectors.
The Robert Mills House is located at 1616 Blanding Street Columbia, SC 29201.
Tours are available Tuesday through Saturday at 10am and 1pm and on Sunday at 1pm and 4pm. Tours cost $5 per person but they do have dollar days on occasion.
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