Here’s a quick look at some historic happenings coming up this week in Columbia:
Historic Columbia scarecrow exhibit opens: Take a stroll through the historic Hampton-Preston grounds and garden to view dozens of uniquely-crafted scarecrows from area businesses, schools, families, and organizations in the garden at the Hampton-Preston Mansion. The exhibit showcases ghoulish, historical, and colorful scarecrows for all to enjoy. Find the “Sneaky Steve” scarecrow who is hiding somewhere on the grounds but moves to a new location each week. Also, enjoy a scavenger hunt and select your favorite scarecrow. Free and open to the public, this exhibit runs through October 31.
A House in Mourning: Mourning the loss of a loved one was much more public for Americans during the 19th century than it is today. The sadness a family felt was outwardly shown by more than just the wearing of black clothing, however. There were certain customs observed such as covering mirrors that seem quaint to us today but were important for Victorian Americans in order to properly honor the deceased. During the month of October, the Hampton-Preston Mansion will feature many of these mourning traditions. Guided tours will discuss the role and importance of stages of mourning during the 1860s as a part of regular daily tours. Exhibit runs through October 31. Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for youth and $1 for Historic Columbia Foundation members. For more information contact Fielding Freed at 803-252-1770 ex 34.
October 2 , 11 a.m.
Woodrow Wilson Family Home tour: Phase 1 of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home rehabilitation is complete. This tour allows guests the opportunity to visit the site which is currently under restoration and review the significance of this historic house and what is being done to preserve it from additional deterioration. Guests will also learn about the progress made during the first phase of the project then walk inside the house to gain a better understanding of the work that lies ahead. Cost of the tour is $6. For further information, please call 803-252-1770 ex 24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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