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Mann-Simons Site & Outdoor Museum

1403 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201-2519
+1 803-252-1770
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Nice walk through History

We were visiting SC for granddaughters graduation from Fort Jackson and had a few hours of time to... read more

Reviewed 8 April 2018
sammieann
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eagan, mn
Beautiful site

We came by as part of the city's Civil War geocaching tour. Really impressed with the beautiful... read more

Reviewed 13 November 2017
kurokitty
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Located in the heart of Columbia's downtown, this property was home, work place, spiritual center and a source of pride for members of the same African American family from 1843 through 1970. Formerly enslaved Charlestonians, Celia Mann, a midwife, and Ben Delane, a boatman, became the first generation of family members to live on the property and laid a social and material foundation that allowed successive generations to pursue a variety of businesses and social undertakings. 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. The Mann-Simons Outdoor Museum features five "ghost structures," frames of buildings that once stood on the site, including a former lunch counter, grocery store, outhouse and residences. Interactive interpretative signage tells the story of these former structures. This outdoor museum is a first for South Carolina and one of a handful of exhibits of its kind nationwide.
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8 Apr 2018
“Nice walk through History”
13 Nov 2017
“Beautiful site”
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1403 Richland St, Columbia, SC 29201-2519
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We were visiting SC for granddaughters graduation from Fort Jackson and had a few hours of time to kill so decided to visit the Robert Mills site. When arriving at the main site we had 3 options for tours that day and due to limited...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

We came by as part of the city's Civil War geocaching tour. Really impressed with the beautiful site and would not have known about this if it weren't for geocaching.

Thank kurokitty
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Reviewed 3 October 2015

of all the homes in the Columbia Historical tours-this one is the least exciting. doesn't really have a wow factor or really much of a historical significance. Oh well...

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Reviewed 4 August 2012

While a great deal is known about the Mann-Simmons Cottage, the docent who led my tour admitted various items were NOT original to the house, but rather from the time period.

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