Heyward-Washington House, Charleston

Heyward-Washington House, Charleston (must see)

How can you avoid touring a house once owned by a signer of the Declaration of Independence and where George Washington once stayed? Now owned by the Charleston Museum, this National Historic Landmark is furnished in the fashion of the late 18th century and accomodates a collection of Charleston-made furniture, including a chair that belonged to Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion (the 'Swamp Fox') and the priceless 1770 Chippendale-style Holmes Bookcase, considered by BBC Antiques Roadshow experts as the "finest example of American-made furniture."

Other interesting features on the property include the carriage shed, the only 1740s kitchen building open to the public in the city, and formal gardens featuring plants commonly used in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the late 18th century.

Why You Should Visit:
Knowledgeable guides will point you in all the right directions, allowing you too see the amazing craftsmanship of furniture makers and the ball room on the second floor – a surprise to many and a real picture of the the country's early days. Not to mention that to actually stand in the same room George Washington stayed in is remarkable!

Tip:
Do some research and check out the Charleston Heritage Passport. It will get you into 5 houses, 2 museums, and 2 plantations. You can pick it up at the Visitors Center on John St.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am–5pm (last tour: 4:30pm); Sun: 12–5pm (last tour: 4:30 pm)

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Heyward-Washington House on Map

Sight Name: Heyward-Washington House
Sight Location: Charleston, USA (See walking tours in Charleston)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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