Historic Columbia offering holiday tours through end of month

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Historic Columbia is inviting guests to see a variety of holiday decorations and experience traditions in both of their historic buildings through December 30.  Tour guides will provide stories of holidays past in Columbia and discuss how families decorated and entertained guests during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The Robert Mills House will offer guests the chance to see how a home of its size may have bee decorated in the 1820s, before Christmas trees were popular. Across the street at the Hampton-Preston Mansion, Christmas of the 1860s was also very different from today.  However, some modern day traditions get their roots from the this time period.  Eggnog, poinsettias, and Christmas trees were all part of the Victorian era holidays, according to the organization.

Admission includes a guided tour of both the Robert Mills House and the Hampton-Preston Mansion.  Tours will be offered Thursday through Saturday at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.  Tours are offered Sunday at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.  Visit the Gift Shop at Robert Mills (1616 Blanding St.) to purchase admission tickets.

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