Presbyterian Institute for Women (Columbia, South Carolina)
Westerveldt Children's Academy
Hampton, Mary Cantey
Yates & Phillips
1 folder+ 13 35 mm. slides
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, South Carolina, Richland County, Columbia
Hampton-Preston House and Garden (Columbia, South Carolina)
Originally built in 1818, the Hampton-Preston House has been restored to reflect the years 1835-1855. Likewise, the gardens have been restored to reflect the ante-bellum period. During the 19th century the garden was described as one of the most extensive and elaborate town gardens in the United States, and included rare plants, shrubs, trees, fountains, and arbors. Plantings included magnolias and cedars. Destroyed in the 1940s, the garden was restored in the 1980s; landscape architect Hugh Dargan spent three years on the project. Plant material known to have been used during the residency of Mary Cantey Hampton in the 19th century dominates the landscape.
Persons and organizations associated with the property include: Ainsley Hall (former owner, 1820-1823); General Wade Hampton (former owner, 1823-1848); Mary Cantey Hampton (former owner and landscape designer, 1823-1848); John Preston (former owner, ca. 1848); Franklin J. and Emma Moses (former owners, ca. 1870); Hugh Dargan (landscape architect, 1980s); Yates & Phillips (architects); the Ursuline Convent (former owners, 1890-1915); the Presbyterian Institute for Women (former owner); Chicora College for Women (former owner); and Westerveldt Children's Academy (former owner).
The folder includes a worksheet, garden designs, narrative histories of the house and garden and its restoration, photocopies of publications featuring the garden, and other information.
Garden has been featured in Louise Shelton, Beautiful Gardens in America (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915)
Garden has been featured in Helen Ashe Hays, "A Colonial Garden Down South," Country Life in America XVII, No. 3 (January 1910), pp. 287-290