Married in Style on Display at Hampton-Preston Mansion | Arts & Culture
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Historic Columbia Foundation presents Married in Style, an exhibit of late-19th century wedding gowns and objects on display at the Hampton-Preston Mansion through March 3.
The exhibit contains two 19th century wedding dresses, including one that Lelia Bernard Meredith wore for her 1881 wedding to Richard I. Manning III, a relation of the Hampton-Preston families who became governor of South Carolina in 1915. In addition to this dress, the bride’s shoes and one of her wedding invitations are also on display. Additional wedding-themed items are also on display throughout the house.
“HCF is fortunate to own an extensive textile collection of which the two dresses currently on exhibit truly stand out,” said Director of Historic House Museums Fielding Freed. “While we generally associate white dresses with weddings today, prior to Queen Victoria’s marriage there was no one color worn by brides. Lelia Meredith’s elaborate wedding dress exemplifies the height of Victorian fashion during a time when Americans still looked across the Atlantic for inspiration.”
Married in Style is shown as part of Historic Columbia Foundation’s regularly scheduled tours of the Hampton-Preston Mansion. Tours run at the top of the hour Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 3 pm and Sunday, 1 pm to 4 pm. Tours are free for HCF members, $6 for adults and $3 for youth. Tickets can be purchased at the Gift Shop at Robert Mills, 1616 Blanding Street in downtown Columbia.