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Holidays at the Robert Mills House

Making It Grow Radio Minute
SC Public Radio

Hello, I’m Amanda McNulty with Clemson Extension and Making It Grow. At Historic Columbia’s Robert Mills House the relatively modest Christmas decorations reflect what would have been accurate during the 1820’s. But then with Queen Victoria’s marriage to the German Prince Albert, Christmas trees and gifts became popular not only in England but in her former colonies. You’ll see this hoopla reflected at the 1850’s Hampton Preston House where decorations eschew modesty and reflect a wealthy family’s Christmas with a tree, gifts and holiday treats on the table. You don’t need to travel to Colonial Williamsburg to see and learn about Christmas celebrations in the past and also about Hanukah and New Years – Historic Columbia has you covered with special tours including guides who make it fun to learn about things long ago and give young people a glimpse into a world without plastic and cell phones.

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Amanda McNulty is a Clemson University Extension Horticulture agent and the host of South Carolina ETV’s Making It Grow! gardening program. She studied horticulture at Clemson University as a non-traditional student. “I’m so fortunate that my early attempts at getting a degree got side tracked as I’m a lot better at getting dirty in the garden than practicing diplomacy!” McNulty also studied at South Carolina State University and earned a graduate degree in teaching there.