Calhoun Mansion, Charleston

Calhoun Mansion, Charleston (must see)

This is a good house tour option if you're looking for something a little more unusual. Not only is the house fully restored and architecturally fascinating, but it is also filled with an eclectic collection on ancient items and has been used for movies such as “The Notebook”!

Taking up a whopping 24,000 sq ft, the striking Italianate-designed building boasts 30+ opulent main rooms with 23 fireplaces and a ballroom with a 45 ft high ceiling. It was built in 1876 for George W. Williams, a prominent businessman, and inherited by his son-in-law, Patrick Calhoun, a grandson of John C. Calhoun – hence the common name of Calhoun Mansion.

In 2004, lawyer and preservationist Howard Stahl purchased the property, which currently is used to display his extensive, eclectic, and – quite frankly – eccentric collection of artifacts and antiques from the Gilded Age. Although, unfortunately, none of the original furnishings remain, the woodwork and paneling are magnificent. No pictures inside are allowed, but the 35-minute tour is very informative and the grounds feature some charming garden spaces with statuary and fountains.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am–4:30pm (Dec-Feb); 11am–5pm (Mar–Nov)

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Calhoun Mansion on Map

Sight Name: Calhoun Mansion
Sight Location: Charleston, USA (See walking tours in Charleston)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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