To kick off our big, banner, 250th birthday year, we’re throwing a party to honor a lesser-known part of our past…
Given our name, most people are aware that our inn was once the home of American Revolutionist, John Rutledge. From the time he built his grand home in 1763 to modern day, the Rutledge home has lived many lives. Our upcoming party is a celebration of the home’s not-so-distant ‘life’ as an all-boys school in downtown Charleston.
From 1961 to 1964, The John Rutledge House Inn was the site of an esteemed all-boys preparatory school, The Gaud School. The then-headmaster Berkeley Grimball taught some 200 students here at 116 Broad Street. It’s fun to imagine what our inn must have looked like as a school. What better place to learn about American history than in the very room where drafts of the United States Constitution were written? (…Which is now our Grand Ballroom – a place for guests to congregate and sip on afternoon tea.)
The Gaud School’s Headmaster Grimball added fine art teachers to his staff and incorporated an athletic program for the students. In 1964, Gaud School, Watt School, and Porter Military Academy merged to become Porter-Gaud School, one of Charleston’s leading college preparatory institutions.
On Friday, January 25th, we will host a reunion and cocktail reception for students who attended classes when the Gaud School was housed at the John Rutledge House Inn. As a fun tribute to the past and present, the Porter-Gaud School’s 4th and 5th grade chorus, The Treblemakers, will perform during the reception. We are so excited to bring multiple generations of Porter-Gaud students together and kick off our year-long anniversary celebration.
From family-friendly 4th of July packages to formal tea parties and grand galas – there are so many ways to join our 250th anniversary celebration. Interested in joining the fun? Take a look at our 2013 calendar of events.