Here’s a quick look at some historic happenings in Columbia this week
October 13 Secrets of the Maya exhibit opens at South Carolina State Museum: Secrets of the Maya unearths the mysteries of the Maya from 2000 B.C. to the present with more than 125 artifacts on display, a photography gallery, reproductions of stone carvings, hands-on activities for kids, objects from contemporary Maya culture and much more! Click here for admission details
October 16, 6-8 p.m. Behind the Scenes tour of 701 Whaley Street: Join the Historic Columbia Foundation for a special Behind the Scenes tour of this historic building. Click here for details
October 18, 11 a.m. Garden tour of the Robert Mills Grounds: This 60 minute guided tour features the Founder’s Garden, herb gardens, and My Mother’s Garden at the Robert Mills Property. Visitors will learn about the various plants, herbs, and trees that adorn the Robert Mills House grounds. Depending on the season, visitors may learn about vegetables planted at 19th century homes, heirloom flowers and old garden roses. The Founder’s Garden is designed to mimic 1820’s-inspired English gardens. One of the big leaf magnolias on the property was transplanted from Alwehav Plantation, home to Sarah Hall’s half-sister. Click here for further details and admission.
October 20, 1 p.m.Women of Hampton-Preston Tour: From the antebellum south through the roaring 20s, women and their roles in society changed drastically over the course of a century. This tour looks into the lives of the women who worked, played, and stayed in the Hampton-Preston Mansion and at the site. Each room in the mansion provides insight into the history and progress of women from the time it was occupied by families through the time it housed the Chicora College for Women. Click here for further details and admission.
October 20, 11a.m.-4p.m. Tricks and Treats at the South Carolina State Museum: Watch out for ghosts, ghouls and goblins as the museum presents its annual Halloween event for families, “Tricks and Treats at the State Museum!” Free with Museum admission. $3 charge for pumpkin painting.
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