We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens

1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-252-7742
Review Highlights
Well maintained historical site

Our guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and welcomed and encouraged... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
via mobile
Step Back and Learn

Ann took Marian and I on the tour. The old home is laid out like the plantations along the... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2017
Brian D
Taylors, South Carolina, United States
Read all 37 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
One of the oldest historical homes in Columbia.
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
1615 Blanding St, Columbia, SC 29201
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (37)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 36 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our guide was excellent. She was very knowledgeable, friendly and welcomed and encouraged questions. Thought it was interesting that each room toured represented a different period. Will return to see renovations to garden in future.

Thank plowe12000
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Ann took Marian and I on the tour. The old home is laid out like the plantations along the Mississippi delta. It was interesting to hear about the urban slaves vs rural slaves and understand the workings of the house and see original artifacts.

Thank Brian D
Reviewed 21 August 2017

Best done on a combo ticket. Great woodwork, a few nice period furnishings. Mostly history blurbs on the political situation inthat era.

Thank travelroc12
Reviewed 23 May 2017

I did not visit the inside of this mansion, but the grounds outside are absolutely beautiful and worth taking a stroll around. They are still expanding the gardens, so part of it is just open lawn, but part is a formal garden, and part is...More

2  Thank kickie10
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. Not all rooms available for viewing. Contains few original pieces. More just period furnishings.

1  Thank hil8986
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

I've known the Hampton-Preston house, it's history & the story of the Hampton -Preston family(s) for 30 years, but had never been to Columbia, so all my knowledge was from books. Because of Hurricane Matthew, I evacuated up to Columbia from my home in Charleston...More

4  Thank yankeegenes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

If there is only one Southern mansion you ever visit I recommend this one as a model of the urban type. The History of the Prestons will attract the history buff as well as the romantic. I recommend Mary Boykin Chestnut's Civil War diary as...More

2  Thank Mike H
Reviewed 24 June 2016

The house has been restored with reproduction and a few original pieces. The guide's narrative was detailed. The grounds are well kept.

1  Thank Sunflower53092
Reviewed 12 June 2016

The guide from Historic Columbia did a wonderful job with the historical information and presentation. The gardens are beautiful. The magnolias were still in bloom as were the day lilies and other flowers. The preservation work is ongoing in the gardens which will be even...More

2  Thank sgcb2016
Reviewed 25 May 2016

I recommend a stop at this historic mansion if you are passing through Columbia. The guide was friendly and knowledgable and she made the visit very interesting. I learned more about the local area and the city's involvement in the Civil War. Very good stop.

2  Thank Kendall A
Nearby HotelsSee all 93 hotels in Columbia
Columbia Marriott
594 reviews
.72 km away
Carolina University Inn
183 reviews
.78 km away
Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel
583 reviews
.80 km away
Rodeway Inn Columbia
26 reviews
.92 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Good LIfe Cafe
90 reviews
.66 km away
Cowboy Brazilian Steakhouse
196 reviews
.68 km away
Villa Tronco Italian Restaurant
153 reviews
.60 km away
Michael's Cafe & Catering
98 reviews
.66 km away
Nearby Attractions
Columbia Museum of Art
205 reviews
.74 km away
Tunnel Vision Mural
95 reviews
.50 km away
Spirit Communications Park
55 reviews
.94 km away
Worlds Largest Fire Hydrant
105 reviews
.35 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines