Columbia, SC Attractions - The Robert Mills House and Garden
Located in downtown Columbia, SC, The Robert Mills House is one of only five National Historic Landmarks in Columbia.Designed by Robert Mills, the first architect born and trained in the United States, he was also the first Federal architect and served under seven presidents. The Mansion is one of the few residential designs in his portfolio which includes some of the most prominent buildings in the country as well as the Washington Monument in our nation's capital.
Englishmen Ainsley Hall and his wife Sara from lower Richland, hired Mills to design this stunning classic revival townhouse in 1823. Unfortunately prior to the completion of the home, Ainsley Hall passed away near Virginia on a trip to visit Sara. He left a contested estate due to an outdated will in which he left Sara the Mansion across the street from the Robert Mills House, their previous home which he had already sold.
Sara Hall eventually sold the home to The Presbyterian Synod of South Carolina and Georgia and they established the mansion as a seminary in 1831. Several of the most influential pastors of the Presbyterian Church taught at the seminary. George Howe, SR, who was instrumental in the founding of the institution, Dr. Joseph R. Wilson, Woodrow Wilson's Father, and Dr. James Woodrow, the future president's Uncle to name a few. In 1927 the Columbia Theological Seminary mover to Decatur, Georgia and the mansion served as the Westerveldt Academy and then the Columbia Bible College, which is still in Columbia today, until 1960.
In 1960 the Robert Mills House was slated for demolition and was prepared to be torn down.A grass roots movement by local Columbians was started in order to save this priceless piece of American history. What came to be known as the Historic Columbia Foundation eventually succeeded is saving the home from destruction. After extensive renovation effort to return this beautiful home to it's former glory and grander, it was opened to the public as a historical house museum in 1967.
Now thanks to the efforts of this wonderful foundation, the mansion which never really served as it's intended use of a home, is now open for all to see. Surrounded by old Oak Trees, sprawling green lawns, and with a 100 year old Magnolia on the back lawn, the grounds of the Robert Mills House are a sight to behold themselves. The garden with it's pebbled walkways, well manicured shrubs, and blooming flowers invite guests to stroll through or have a seat on one of the benches and soak in it's natural beauty.
So if you're visiting Columbia, SC, or if you're already here and have yet to take the opportunity to come see this lovely piece of history, I implore you to take the time to pay the Robert Mills House a visit. Even if you're not a history buff, there is something powerful about taking a walk through time as you stroll the tour of this fascinating home and garden. It is well worth the visit.
The Robert Mills House and Garden is located at 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia, SC. It is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm with the last tour at 3 pm. And on Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm with the last tour at 4 pm. Tours are every hour on the hour and take from 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, College Students, and active Military. $3 for youths age 6 to 17 and free children 5 and under.
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