Our homes are like castles in a manor of speaking.
Step back in time with a tour of the area’s historic homes. These wonderfully preserved dwellings with their carefully curated period furnishings illustrate life in the 1800s. These homes have good bones, and we don’t mean the ghostly skeletons in the attic!
The city’s most intact antebellum urban complex (c. 1820). Historic interiors, surviving virtually unaltered since 1858, have been conserved and stabilized. Many family objects are still found in the rooms for which they were purchased. $10.
Drayton Hall, c. 1738, is America’s oldest unrestored plantation house open to the public. Surrounded by live oaks and bordered by the historic Ashley River, this architectural masterpiece offers focused tours on architecture, African American history, preservation, women’s history, and the American Revolution and Civil War.
The 36-acre McLeod Plantation located on James Island was established in 1851. It is an important Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of the generations of enslaved people and its cultural and historical significance in American history.
The mansion that exists on Boone Hall Plantation today was built in 1936 as part of the Second Wave Of Reconstruction. This Georgian designed home blends recovered materials and antique furnishings to recreate an atmosphere that would have surrounded a Coastal Carolina planter's family and his guests.
Grand Federal townhouse completed in 1808. Restored interior with elaborate ornamentation and a magnificent free-flying staircase. Set amid spacious gardens and furnished with period antiques, the house evokes the gracious lifestyle of the city’s elite. $12.
The Edmondston-Alston House is one of the first dwellings built on Charleston's High Battery. Enjoy views of Charleston Harbor from the same piazzas where General Beauregard watched the bombardment of Ft. Sumter. Family furniture, books, silver and paintings adorn the high-ceiling rooms.