Nathaniel Russell House – Charleston, S.C.

A National Historic Landmark

Nathaniel Russell House - Charleston, S.C.

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51 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401

‘Since 1808, visitors have admired the grand Federal townhouse of Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell.

Set amid spacious formal gardens, the Nathaniel Russell House is a National Historic Landmark and is widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings.

The graceful interior with elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms and a magnificent free-flying staircase are among the most exuberant ever created in early America.

Located in Downtown Charleston near High Battery, the house is furnished with period antiques and works of art that evoke the gracious lifestyle of the city’s merchant elite.

Today the Nathaniel Russell House interprets the lives of the Russell family, as well as the African American slaves and artisans who were responsible for maintaining one of the South’s grandest antebellum townhouses.’

Source – Nathaniel Russell House Website.

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Magnolia Plantation and Gardens – Charleston, S.C.

Listed on theNational Register of Historic Places.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens - Charleston, S.C.

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3550 Ashley River Road,
Charleston, SC – 29414

‘Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (70 acres, 28 hectares) is a historic house with gardens located on the Ashley River at 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston CountySouth CarolinaUnited States.

It is one of the oldest plantations in the south, and listed on theNational Register of Historic Places.

‘A variety of tours are offered including the slave quarters and the family home. Tram tours are led by naturalists and visitors often see alligators, turtles, snakes, peacocks and waterfowl. The gardens are one of the oldest INFORMAL gardens in the U.S. with cooperation with nature rather than control of nature’.Adapted from article about Charleston by Judith Evans.

The house and gardens are open daily; an admission fee is charged.

Magnolia Plantation is located near Charleston and directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston.

The plantation dates to 1676 when Thomas and Ann Drayton built a house and small formal garden on the site.

(The plantation remains under the control of the Drayton family after 15 generations.).’

Source – Wikipedia

There is a lovely blog post related to Magnolia Plantation, magnolias and camellias entitled, Magnificent Magnolia Plantation: By Gene Phillips.

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Preservation Society of Charleston – Charleston, S.C.

Preservation Society of Charleston - Charleston, S.C.

147 King Street

Charleston, SC


“Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest community based historic preservation organization in America. Our mission is to inspire the involvement of all who dwell in the Lowcountry to honor and respect our material and cultural heritage.”


  • Preservation Programs
  • Perservation Education
  • Fall Tours
  • Events
  • and more.
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Gov. William Aiken House – a Landmark

Listed in National Register of Historic Places.

Gov. William Aiken House - a Landmark

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Also known as The Aiken-Rhett House’.

48 Elizabeth St.,
SC – 29401

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Features the only ‘audio tour’ in Charleston.


Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m

Sunday 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Last tour begins at 4:15 p.m.

‘Completed in 1811, the William Aiken House is named after its first occupant, a successful Charleston merchant and president of the company that built South Carolinas first railroad.

The house is one of the best designed and crafted houses in the city and part of a national historic landmark district, along with its gardens, wrought-iron gates, and outbuildings that include a unique Gothic Revival-style carriage house.

The house was used for offices from 1877-2000, when it was converted into an event venue with offices and retail space.

The $3.7 million rehabilitation restored the houses original craftsmanship and design with help from an NPS Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

Missing historic features in the first floor parlors were restored, and existing historic materials and finishes throughout the property were carefully conserved.

The property’s exceptional historic design can once again be fully appreciated by the community.’

Source – National Park Service

See also Wikipedia.

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Cabbage Row or Catfish Row, Charleston, S.C.

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Cabbage Row got its name from African Americans putting produce on the window seals to sell.

Today there a couple of shops in this location.

Author DuBose Heyward wrote a novel, Porgy.

The main character lived on Cabbage Row.

George Gershwin and Heyward later wrote the musical, Porgy and Bess, and changed the name of the area to Catfish Row. tells us more…

“Cabbage Row is a structure from the Revolutionary War era. It is a well preserved example of this type of home, consisting of a pair of houses connected by a central arcade. The structure is three stories tall with commercial ground floors that have stood the test of time. The area is now lined with private homes and specialty shops but that wasn’t always the case.”  Read more…


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Rainbow Row – Charleston, S.C.

83-107 East Bay Street,
SC – 29401
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Rainbow Row is the name for a series of colorful historic houses in Charleston, South Carolina. The houses are located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliot St. on East Bay Street. It is referred to as Rainbow Row for the pastel colors used to paint all of the houses. It is a common tourist attraction and is one of the most photographed parts of Charleston.’

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Gov. Thomas Bennett House – a Landmark – Charleston, S.C.

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Listed in National Register of Historic Places.

69 Barre Street,
Charleston, SC
WebsiteThe Governor Thomas Bennett House is available for rent during the day or evenings, for weekday or weekend events. The rental fee is for the use of the house and gardens.

‘It was built in approximately 1825 on land which had once belonged to architect and builder Thomas Bennett, Sr. (1754-1814).

Thomas Bennett, Sr.’s son, Thomas Bennett, Jr. (1781-1865), took over his father’s lumber and milling business but was also active in state and local politics.

He was superintendent of Charleston, South Carolina; a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives (and was its speaker from 1814 to 1818); a member of the South Carolina Senate; and governor of the state.

After his term as governor, Thomas Bennett, Jr. undertook the construction of this notable house on land which originally overlooked the rice and saw mills which he owned.

The house is a 2 1/2-story wooden structure on a high foundation of stuccoed brick.

The house has a single-story piazza with a fanlighted entrance, engaged columns, and entablature.

The house has a pediment on the south facade, a Palladian window, and round-headed stair window on the north side.

The interior is notable for its Regency style woodwork and plasterwork.

It also has a cantilevered stair which connects the first and second floor without visible means of support along the walls.

It is one of only two such stairs in Charleston, the other being the Nathaniel Russell House at 51 Meeting St.

The house’s floorplan is a basic double house.

Immediately behind the front door is a hall, separated from a rearward stair hall by a keystone arch and fanlighted doorway.’

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Calhoun Mansion – Charleston, S.C.

Calhoun Mansion, Charleston, S.C.

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The Largest Privately Owned Home in Charleston.

16 Meeting Street,
SC – 29401

‘Nothing else on the Charleston Peninsula compares to the Calhoun Mansion.

Boasting a striking italianate design, the Calhoun Mansion, the largest residence in Charleston, has 35 rooms, a grand ballroom, japanese water gardens, 35 fireplaces, 75 foot high domed stairhall ceiling, khoi ponds, private elevator, three levels of piazzas, ornate chandeliers, a 90 foot cupola, and many more wonderful surprises that make up the house’s more than 24,000 square feet.’

‘Italianate manor house built in 1876 currently used as a private home and a museum; includes photos, tour schedule, and history of the property.’

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