The History of the John Rutledge House Inn

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There's never been a better time to discover Charleston with your family. With Labor Day just around the corner, and kids headed back to school, it's time to indulge in one last summer vacation. Add another layer of discovery to your trip to Charleston by exploring the history of the John Rutledge House Inn. The Ballroom of the John Rutledge House Inn is not only a beautiful space, but it is also a room steeped in American history. In the second-floor drawing room, now the Signer's Ballroom, John Rutledge, chairman of the drafting committee, wrote several iterations of the Constitution of the U.S. He later signed the document with the other founding fathers.   In 1791, George Washington had breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge during his Presidential visit to Charleston in this very ballroom.  More recently, U.S. President, William Howard Taft was a weekend guest several times over the years. It was on one of President Taft's visits that she-crab soup was created for the very first time.

More than just a room

Today, the ballroom is an inviting space where friends, family, or fellow guests spend time together, just as people gathered in this room hundreds of years ago. This beautifully appointed ballroom is truly the heart of the home here at the John Rutledge House Inn. Guests will gather here for breakfast and afternoon tea to enjoy the elegance of the room or breezy piazza. While you sip tea, point the kids to the ballroom to peer into the case of artifacts found during renovation. Walk on the original floors that George Washington did the morning he dined at the home with Mrs. Rutledge. Take a moment to gaze across Broad Street and imagine the city would have looked like in 1763. There truly is no experience that is more quintessentially Charleston than a stay at the John Rutledge House Inn.

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