Gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion | History of SC Slide Collection

The gardens of the Hampton-Preston Mansion in Columbia, sketched here by the artists for "Harper's Weekly," April 15, 1865, when the mansion briefly served as Sherman's headquarters. The maze was built of the cassina bush, which grows much like boxwood when trimmed. The walks of this famous garden were lined with boxwoods. A fountain designed by Hiram Powers once stood in the gardens. The gardens were destroyed in the 1940s so the city block that they occupied could be developed into business property

Courtesy of the Pratt Memorial Library