Seibels House and Garden
The Seibels House and Garden are thought to be the oldest home in Columbia. The exact date of construction cannot be confirmed due to a fire that destroyed building records, but 1796 is carved into one of the beams in the basement, giving visitors a possible clue into the history of one of Columbia’s most beautiful landmarks.
Located on Richland Street, the Seibels House stands on land that Col. Thomas Taylor once operated as a plantation. The home was later sold to Capt. Benjamin Elmore and finally to John Jacob Seibels.
Built from hand-hewn lumber from A.M. Hale, the Seibels House is sometimes referred to as the Hale Elmore Seibels House.
According to the South Carolina Department of History and Archives, the Seibels House is two-and-a-half-stories with Georgian lines. A huge front porch spans the entire façade of the home. Inside, neo-classical and Victorian mantelpieces, a twisting oak banister and a wall of windows add to the unique design of the home.
Over the years, the Seibels House has undergone several renovations. In 1900, the home’s signature sun porch was added along with a room on the second floor. In 1984, the home was donated to Historic Columbia and adapted for offices and rental units.
Today, the Seibels House is home to the administrative offices of Historic Columbia and is also a popular venue for community events, weddings, and receptions.
Outside, the home’s gardens were completely revitalized in 2007 by renowned horticulturist Jenks Farmer, who led teams that designed two of South Carolina’s most well-known botanical gardens. The Seibels garden is home to plantings that highlight the evolution of Southern gardening from the 19th to early 20th centuries.
The Seibels House and Garden lie in the heart of the Robert Mills Historic District, not far from downtown Columbia. It was listed in the National Register on May 6, 1971.
Driving Directions to Stewart Law Offices
Stewart Law Offices has five locations throughout the Carolinas, including our Columbia office at 10 Calendar Court, Suite 100. It’s a short 5-mile drive from the Seibels House and Garden to our offices.
From the Seibels House, head west toward Pickens Street.
Turn left at the first cross street onto Pickens Street.
Turn left at the next cross street onto Laurel Street.
In 0.5. miles, turn right on Harden Street.
Turn left on Gervais Street.
In about 1 mile, make a right onto Trenholm Road.
Go 2.4 miles and turn right on Calendar Court. Stewart Law Offices will be on your left.
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