Historic Burt-Stark Mansion

By:Page Ivey


Historic Burt-Stark Mansion
Historic Burt-Stark Mansion

The Burt-Stark mansion was built in the 1830s by David Lesley, a local attorney and planter. The Greek Revival home was sold several times before it was purchased by Armistead Burt, a U.S. congressman from South Carolina.

Burt owned the home when Jefferson Davis convened his last war council as he retreated from Richmond, Va. – the capital of the Confederacy – further south.

In May 1865, Davis met there with his generals after vowing the South would continue to fight the Civil War. But given the fact that Robert E. Lee had already surrendered his army in Virginia and the firm words of his generals about the tattered state of what remained of Confederate forces, Davis finally conceded that the cause was indeed lost.

The home passed through several more owners after the war and was bought by the Stark family in 1900.

Mary Stark Davis, the last surviving member of that family, donated the house to the Abbeville County Histor​ic Preservation Commission. The commission operates tours 1-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday or by appointment. Tours are $10 per person. Call (864) 366-0166 for more information.

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