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Hampton-Preston to celebrate reopening

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The revitalized Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens will reopen on May 12, featuring new exhibits, updated interpretations and physical improvements to one of South Carolina’s oldest urban estates.

Updates to the Hampton-Preston house, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and maintained by Historic Columbia, include expanded public gardens and a fresh exterior paint scheme. The reopening celebration, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1615 Blanding St., will feature house and garden tours, children’s games and crafts, a 1910s calisthenics class, food trucks and more.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for youth for Historic Columbia members and $8 and $5 for non-members. For more information, visit HistoricColumbia.org or call 803-252-1770, ext. 23.

“We have spent nearly two decades meticulously researching this site and the persons who once lived, worked and visited Hampton-Preston since its establishment 200 years ago,” Robin Waites, Historic Columbia executive director, said in a news release. “The narrative — delivered through guided tours, digital interactives and hands-on elements — will be more balanced and will represent all voices, including the enslaved people who lived and worked at the site.”

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