John Rutledge House Inn concludes its 250th Anniversary Celebration with a formal tea and history-filled weekend package

Charleston’s John Rutledge House Inn concludes its 250th Anniversary Celebration with a formal tea and history-filled weekend package.

Charleston, SC September 18, 2013 - The John Rutledge House Inn will wrap up its 250th Anniversary Celebration with a special ‘Steeping in History’ weekend package. This two night, three day experience was created to honor the inn’s longstanding tradition of hosting memorable gatherings for family and friends alike. The ‘Steeping in History’ package is offered the weekend of November 15-17, 2013. Guests are invited to commemorate the beauty of a bygone era, including a formal tea, hosted by Lady Kelly, an internationally certified tea master and served on the afternoon of Saturday, November 16th in the Signers Ballroom. Lady Kelly is blending a special tea in honor of the celebration which will pair elegantly with the sweet and savory bites prepared by Chef Marc Collins of Circa 1886 Restaurant. Original homeowner John Rutledge wrote drafts of the U.S. Constitution in this grand 574-square-foot ballroom. Its history, beauty and antebellum charm live on, creating the perfect setting for this formal occasion. Guests will enjoy an English-inspired tea menu, as well as Charleston’s beloved She Crab Soup, which tradition says was invented at the John Rutledge House by butler William Deas in the early 1900s. “What better way for guests to get a true feeling of history and what this house was originally built for, entertaining family and friends, than a formal  tea in the Signers Ballroom” says Innkeeper Kathy Leslie. Also included in the ‘Steeping in History’ package is the exclusive “Birth of a Nation's Constitution” tour in honor of John Rutledge and his home’s 250th anniversary. Guests will hear tales of Rutledge's home life, his political role in Charleston and his prominent place in American history with a behind-the-scenes glance at the Inn, the Old Exchange Building, the Heyward-Washington House, and St. Michael’s Church graveyard, where John Rutledge was buried after his death on July 18, 1800. Guests of the inn will enjoy many complimentary amenities like an informal afternoon tea each day, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless internet access and evening turndown service.  For package rates and details, visit our website or call (800)476-9741. About John Rutledge House Inn® John Rutledge, one of the fifty-five signers of the U.S. Constitution, built his stunning antebellum home in 1763. Now exquisitely restored, it is one of the only fifteen homes belonging to those signers to survive-and the only one to now accommodate overnight hotel guests. The John Rutledge House Inn® offers nineteen guest rooms within a complex of three buildings.  One may choose between the elegance of rooms and spacious suites in the original grand residence or the charm and seclusion of rooms in the Inn’s two carriage houses. Antiques and historically accurate reproductions give each room its on warmth and distinction.  The city’s finest restaurants, theatres, shops and famous City Market are all within a few minutes walk.  The gracious antebellum residential area “South of Broad” begins directly opposite the Inn. The Inn, located at 116 Broad Street in Historic Downtown Charleston, recently ranked #5 of the “Top 40 Hotels in the South” by the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.  For more information about the John Rutledge House Inn®, visit. or call (800)476-9741.


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