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Revitalizing the Grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion in Columbia


Friday - March 16, 2012


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A four-acre garden once graced the grounds of the Hampton-Preston Mansion, and was a destination for travelers beginning in the 1840s. The gardens were destroyed by 1947 to clear the block for commercial development.  Historic Columbia Foundation has broken ground on a 3-phase, multi-year garden revitalization project. Included in the first phase will be installation of new irrigation, pathways, edging, lighting, as well as new plantings selected from plants available prior to 1865, in general, and, specifically, from those known to have been grown on the property during the 1830s through 1860s.

Historic Columbia Foundation’s Director of Grounds, David Simpson, and John Sherrer, the Foundation’s Director of Cultural Resources, join Dr. Edgar to talk about the history of the property, its gardens, and the revitalization that is underway.


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