We try to keep this list of historic house museums for South Carolina current, but it is best to check directly with the museums for their hours and other information. If you know of a historic house museum in South Carolina that should be listed here, please use our submission form to let us know about it.

Bluffton

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Heyward House

70 Boundary Street
Bluffton, SC  29910
Phone: (843) 757-6293
Year Built: 1841
Admission Price: Adults $8, Students $2
Hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm Sat

The Cole-Heyward House, built as a summer home for a local plantation owner, was constructed circa 1841 and is one of only eight antebellum homes remaining in the Lowcountry coastal town of Bluffton. Located in the heart of Bluffton’s National Register Historic District, next to the breezy bluffs overlooking the May River, this simple timber framed home is an excellent example of the Carolina Farmhouse Style that was brought from the West Indies and made popular from the Colonial period up to the Civil War.

Charleston

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Drayton Hall

3380 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC  29414
Phone: (843) 769-2600
Year Built: 1742
Admission Price: Adults $22, Youth $10, Child $6
Hours: See their website

Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall offers something unique in our modern world: authenticity. It’s the nation’s earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public.

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Heyward-Washington House

87 Church St
Charleston, SC  29403
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Year Built: 1772
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Built in 1772, this Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. The property features the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in Charleston as well as formal gardens featuring plants commonly used in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the late 18th century.

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Joseph Manigault House

350 Meeting St
Charleston, SC  29403
Phone: (843) 722-2996
Year Built: 1803
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

One of Charleston's most exquisite antebellum structures, the Joseph Manigault House, built in 1803, reflects the urban lifestyle of a wealthy, rice-planting family and the enslaved African Americans who lived there.

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Middleton Place

4300 Ashley River Rd
Charleston, SC  29414
Phone: (843) 556-6020
Year Built: 1755
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: See their website

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”. Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring. In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.

Columbia

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Hampton-Preston Mansion & Gardens

1615 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC  29201
Phone: (803) 252-7742
Year Built: 1818
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 2-4pm

This house was built in 1818 by Ainsley Hall, a wealthy Columbia merchant, and his wife Sarah. They sold the house in 1823 to Wade Hampton I, who updated the Federal-style home to Greek Revival. The house passed through the Hampton and Preston families, who were forced to sell the estate after the Civil War. It was home to four different colleges before grounds were divided for commercial use. Rehabilitated in the late 1960s, the historic mansion opened in 1970 as the centerpiece of the Midlands Tricentennial Exposition Center. - See more at: http://www.historiccolumbia.org/hampton-preston-mansion-and-gardens#sthash.Fj7KpoD7.dpuf

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Mann-Simons Site

1403 Richland Street
Columbia, SC  292201
Phone: (803) 252-7742
Year Built: 1843
Admission Price: Contact Museum
Hours: Closed for renovations

Although only one house stands today, the Mann-Simons Site was a collection of commercial and domestic spaces owned and operated by the same African-American family from at least 1843 until 1970. The property and its multiple buildings changed considerably over time to better accommodate the needs, tastes, and aspirations of this remarkable family. In 1970, through eminent domain, the Columbia Housing Authority acquired the site, leading to a grassroots preservation movement that saved the main house, which opened as a museum in 1978.

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Robert Mills House and Gardens

1616 Blanding Street
Columbia, SC  29201
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Year Built: 1823
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-2pm, Sun 1-3pm

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.

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Woodrow Wilson Family Home

1705 Hampton Street
Columbia, SC  29201
Phone: (803) 252-7742
Year Built: 1871
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: Tue-Sat 11am-3pm, Sun 2-4pm

Since 1933 this property has operated as a historic house museum celebrating the life of Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States. Young Tommy Wilson's parents built this home in 1871 with the intent of remaining in Columbia. However, in 1874, Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson received a new posting and he and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina

Eastover

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Kensington Mansion

Highway 601
Eastover, SC  29044
Phone: (803) 353-0456
Year Built: 1854
Admission Price: Adults $5.50, Seniors $4.50, Children $2.50
Hours: See their web site

Kensington Mansion was completed in 1854 and placed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Located in lower Richland County, South Carolina, it is an architectural and historical treasure. The Mansion is an Italianate Revival structure, furnished with the Scarborough-Hamer Collection of decorative arts from the Victorian Period.

Georgetown

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Hopsewee Plantation

494 Hopsewee Rd.
Georgetown, SC  29440
Phone: (843) 546-7891
Year Built: 1740
Admission Price: See their website
Hours: Tue-Sat 10am-3pm, Sat 11am-3pm

Built circa 1740, some 40 years before the American Revolutionary War, Hopsewee Plantation was one of the South's major rice plantations and the birthplace of Thomas Lynch, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Mount Pleasant

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Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

1254 Long Point Road
Mount Pleasant, SC  29464
Phone: (843) 881-5516
Year Built: 1754
Admission Price: Free
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm

Charles Pinckney was a principal author and a signer of the United States Constitution. This remnant of his coastal plantation is preserved to tell the story of a "forgotten founder," his life of public service, the lives of enslaved African Americans on South Carolina Lowcountry plantations and their influences on Charles Pinckney.