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“Field Trip”

Robert Mills House & Gardens
Ranked #29 of 108 things to do in Columbia
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Owner description: One of only five National Historic Landmarks within Columbia, the Robert Mills House exemplifies the skill of the first architect born and trained within the United States who designed some of the nation's most prominent buildings, including the Washington Monument. Today, the structure stands as a testament of its designer's architectural ability and the preservation efforts of generations of Columbians. --- Historic Columbia is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Columbia and Richland County's historic and cultural heritage.
Columbia, South Carolina
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64 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Field Trip”
Reviewed 12 December 2011

Recently we took the kids on a field trip and I was not impressed with the field trip. The speaker was very forgetful and could not provide excitement to the students learning experience.

Visited December 2011
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English first
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“If Walls Could Talk”
Reviewed 18 August 2011

Mills was the first Federal architect of the United States. The tour of this house was wonderful. The docent, a woman who loves her volunteer job, had oodles of info about the man, his house and his family. The furnishings were either original to the home or given to the Historical Society to represent the time period the house was first built. The wordwork in this house is exquisite for the time. Impressive representations throughout depicting a slice of life long gone. Worth the time to visit if you want to listen to some old walls and what they have to say. The gardens are also nice.

Visited August 2011
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Columbia, South Carolina
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273 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 430 helpful votes
“A Peek Into the Past”
Reviewed 30 December 2007

The Robert Mills house is one of the historic homes included in the Historic Home Tours. These homes are all historically significant for a variety of reasons and provide an interesting view into the past. Specifically the Robert Mills house is a large antebellum home that was designed by Robert Mills the famed architect who is most known for designing the Washington Monument in Washington DC. Mills was a South Carolina native and designed several structures in the state. He designed this home for a client thus the name Robert Mills home is a bit misleading; he designed the home, but did not live there. The home is well maintained and contains period furnishings from the early 1800’s.
Overall the Historic Home Tours are well worth the money and time as they provide a great glimpse into what life was like in different periods of Columbia’s history

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