The Semiquincentennial Celebration

You are cordially invited to take a step back in time at the John Rutledge House Inn's Semiquincentennial Celebration on Friday, September 20, 2013. The Semiquincentennial Celebration rounds out a year of celebratory events to honor the John Rutledge House Inn's 250th anniversary. Original homeowner and US Constitution signer John Rutledge built the home, now historic bed and breakfast, as a wedding gift for his young bride in 1763. The Semiquincentennial Celebration is set just three days after Rutledge's birthday on Friday, September 20th. Party goers will enjoy an antebellum party set inside the Signers Ballroom, the very place that Rutledge and his fellow freedom fighters gathered and wrote drafts of the Constitution. John Rutledge House Inn Signer's Ballroom Servers in period costumes will serve party-goers cocktails and heavy hors d'ouevres inspired by 18th century French-Southern cuisine. Christopher Teves from Chamber Music Charleston will strum the night away as guests marvel at the 250-year-old building. The antebellum ball will benefit the Historic Charleston Foundation, an organization very dear to the Rutledge House. The foundation is committed to preserving and protecting the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston's rich and irreplaceable heritage. The Rutledge House was renovated and transformed into a grand bed and breakfast in 1989. Since our opening day, the Historic Charleston Foundation has been both an incredible resource and partner. Fifty percent of the proceeds from the Semiquincentennial Celebration's ticket sales will benefit the foundation and further their work to keep Charleston's rich history alive. Both guests and non-guests of the John Rutledge House Inn may purchase tickets to the celebration for $100. Semiquincentennial Celebration For those looking to celebrate all weekend, Friday night's Semiquincentennial Celebration is only the beginning. The party kicks off a 2 night, 3 day package at the John Rutledge House Inn. On Saturday, guests will embark on an exclusive “Birth of a Nation's Constitution” tour to hear about Rutledge's home life, his political role in Charleston and his prominent place in American history. Offered by Bulldog Tours, guests will get 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 in 1800. Saturday night concludes with a round-trip rickshaw ride and three-course dinner for two at the inn's award-winning sister restaurant, Circa 1886. Get more details on about the Semiquincentennial Celebration Weekend Package here. Tickets for Friday night’s celebration are available separate from the package and can be arranged by contacting the inn directly (843) 723-7999 or (800)476-9741.

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