What is Millford?
Millford is a National Landmark and a property on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1839-41, Millford is considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revival residential architecture in America. Millford was built by John Laurence Manning, son of a Governor of South Carolina and later Governor himself, and his wife Susan Frances Hampton, a daughter of Gen. Wade Hampton, who was reputed to have been the richest man in the South. Millford’s grandeur is exceptional in all its classical glory, and is accentuated by the house’s remote location and its six massive fluted Corinthian columns, high ceilings, tall floor-length windows, and a domed rotunda enclosing a spectacular circular staircase. Much of the house’s original furniture, which the Mannings ordered in 1840-42 from “D. Phyfe & Son” in New York, is miraculously still intact, most of it never having left the house.
Who owns Millford?
Millford was purchased by Richard Hampton Jenrette in 1997 and given by him to Classical American Homes Preservation Trust in 2008. The house is now maintained and operated by CAHPT, which receives no governmental funding and is maintained through private donations and the generosity of supporters like you.
Where is Millford?
Millford is located 45 miles southeast of Columbia and 90 miles northwest of Charleston* in Sumter County.
Millford’s address is:
7320 Millford Plantation Road
Pinewood, SC 29125
Driving directions: Map (PDF)*
* Due to long detours from Charleston, SC, we recommend these directions when driving from Charleston to Millford (updated 5/18/16).
Take I-26 West to I-95 North (about 50 miles). Proceed to Exit 119 – Manning and Paxville. Take a left on Hwy-261 North to Paxville, then continue onto Pinewood. Cross over some railroad tracks at a caution light. Continue for 1 mile, the turn left onto Millford Plantation Road. Follow signs to Millford. Proceed straight through the Millford gates. Bear left along the white fence, then bear right and follow the road past the stable to where you will be directed to parking and the Mansion.
What are Millford’s hours?
Millford is open for public tours once a month on the first Saturday from February to December in 2016.
To celebrate Millford’s 175th Anniversary this year, tours will be available every Saturday in the month of April!
The gates to the grounds open at 9:30 am and close at 3:00 pm. The house opens for docent-led tours at 10:00 a.m. and closes at 2:00 p.m.
Important: Reservations are required for Saturday tours. Please call (803) 452-6194 to reserve a tour and for updates on road closures and detours.
Group tours are available by reservation. Please find the Group Tour Request form here.
What are Millford’s admission prices?
Admission is $15 per person for individuals and group members. Children 16 and under are free. Please note that a $500 per group minimum is required as part of a group tour reservation.
Is photography permitted?
No interior photography is allowed, except by special permission. However, books are available for purchase. A fee is required for all photography and videography on Millford’s grounds. An application needs to be completed before we can enter the session date on our calendar. Click here to submit the online form.
How can I inquire about renting Millford for a private function?
Millford is available for private functions provided that the event is sensitive to the historic nature of the house and grounds. There is limited availability for rentals at Millford. Pricing is determined by party size and requirements, as well as other factors. All rental inquiries should be directed towards Kathy Healy-Gillen using our Contact Form.
How do I arrange for a group visit?
Millford welcomes groups who are interested in learning more about the house’s history, decorative arts, grounds and architecture.
Group tours are available by year-round by appointment only. All groups must fill out the Group Tour Request form found here. We will be in contact shortly after submission of this form to help arrange your visit.
Please note that there is a $15/per person admission fee, with a $500 minimum for groups.
We request a 50% deposit two weeks prior to your tour, along with a listing of the names and addresses of the participants.
Is a trip to Millford appropriate for children?
A tour of Millford features discussions of history, architecture, decorative arts and more. Visitors of all ages are welcome, however tour content may be of greater interest to older children. Children 16 and under receive free admission.
How can I support Millford?
The Friends of Millford are supporters who share a deep appreciation for Millford and who are interested in preserving its legacy for the future. Throughout the year, the Friends will be invited to participate in various social, education and cultural events at Millford and other Classical American Homes’ properties.
We invite you to become a Friend of Millford with a donation that will directly to support Millford – including the maintenance of the house and its collection, as well as the development of special events and public programs. As a National Historic Landmark and one of the finest examples of Greek revival residential architecture in America, Millford is an exceptional part of our heritage that draws visitors, scholars, collectors, and students from across the country. We hope you will join us in preserving and protecting this unique site.
All donations may be made online here. Donations may also be sent by mail to:
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust
69 East 93rd Street
New York, NY 10128
If sending a contribution by mail, please also enclose the donation form found here. Checks should be made payable to Millford.
Please contact Chris Smith using our Contact Form if you have any questions.
Thank you so much for your support.
Is there a mailing list for goings-on at Millford?
Classical American Homes has a mailing and email list to keep supporters and friends up-to-date on the latest happenings at all six properties. While there is no Millford-specific mailing list, you will receive all information related to events and news at Millford by joining our mailing and/or email list here.