The Holy City's Historic Homes

A few notable people have passed through Charleston in the more than 400 years since its settlement. Tour the homes these figures left behind and take a step where they stood to get a glimpse into their stories.

Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell invested $80,000 to build a home of luxury at a time when the average home valued only $262. From there, make your way down to the Battery to tour the Edmondston-Alston House. From the home’s view of Charleston Harbor, General PT Beauregard witnessed the attack on Fort Sumter that kicked off the Civil War and General Robert E Lee found refuge from a hotel fire. The Heyward-Washington House, near Rainbow Row, was home to one of four South Carolina signers of the Declaration of Independence. Take the experience to the next level, though, with an overnight stay at the John Rutledge House Inn—a living national historic landmark of a key player and signer of the United States Constitution.

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