Heyward-Washington House, Charleston

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The Heyward-Washington House is a historic house museum at 87 Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina. Built in 1772, it was home to Thomas Heyward, Jr., a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, and was where George Washington stayed during his 1791 visit to the city. It is now owned and operated by the Charleston Museum. Furnished for the late 18th century, the house includes a collection of Charleston-made furniture. Other structures include the carriage shed and 1740s kitchen building.
The house was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
Built in 1772, this Georgian-style double house was the town home of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. A patriot leader and artillery officer with the South Carolina militia during the American Revolutionary War, Heyward was captured when the British took Charleston in 1780. He was exiled to St. Augustine, Florida, but was exchanged in 1781.
The City rented this house for George Washington's use during the President's week-long Charleston stay, in May 1791, and it has traditionally been called the "Heyward-Washington House." Heyward sold the house in 1794 to John F. Grimke, also a Revolutionary War officer and father of Sarah and Angeline Grimke, the famous abolitionists and suffragettes. It was acquired by the museum in 1929, opened the following year as Charleston's first historic house museum, and was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1978.
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  • This house is viewed with a tour guide that explains the history and furnishings of the house with a lovely Southern charm. The english-style rear garden and kitchen in the back is also worth seeing. ...  more »
  • Well explained tour. Enjoyed it very much. The beauty of the old structure lives on. The grounds are well kept.  more »
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  • Worth the stop if you're a history buff and want to see a documented location where George Washington slept. Also a book cabinet that the Antique Roadshow valued as priceless. Before coming to Charleston do some research and check out the Charleston Heritage Passport. It will get you into 5 houses, 2 museums and 2 plantations. You pick it up at the visitors center on John St. (don't get sucked into other "visitors centers" that will be sales pitches) they are very helpful and really well informed.
  • Surprised at the quality of the tour. Expected a guide to ramble along but she knew the history of the house and made the tour entertaining. Great value for the money. Interesting guided tour of house and self guided tour of the gardens. Package deals available for other properties.

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