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A striking spiral staircase accents the impressive central hall, and many of the rooms are restored to their original color schemes. All feature historic pieces from the Museum's collections including a selection of American, English and French furniture dating to the early 19th century. Outside, a classical Gate Temple overlooks a period garden, and the locations of adjacent historical outbuildings (e.g., kitchen and slave quarters, stable, and privy) are marked with interpretive signs. Descending from French Huguenots who fled religious persecution in Europe in the late 1600s, the Manigaults prospered as rice planters and merchants during the 18th century and became one of South Carolina’s leading families. Joseph Manigault inherited several rice plantations and over two hundred slaves from his grandfather in 1788, and also married well. Arthur Middleton, father of his first wife, Maria Henrietta Middleton, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Following Henrietta’s death, he married Charlotte Drayton, with whom he had eight children. The Charleston Museum purchased the house in 1933, and has preserved and interpreted it ever since.
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Charleston
Coastal & Islands
350 Meeting ST,
Charleston, SC 29403
(843) 722-2996
Info & Amenities
Location
I-26 to the Meeting St. exit, south to John St. Museum is at the corner of Meeting and John, across from the Visitors Center.
Admission
Adults $12; $5 for ages 3-12; $10 for ages 13-17; under 3 free
Checks Accepted
Yes
Civil War
Yes
Days and Hours of Operation
M-Sa: 10am -5pm (last tour at 4:30 pm); Su 12pm-5pm (last tour at 4:30pm)
Days and Holidays Closed
New Year's, MLK Day, President's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the following Friday, 1/2 day Christmas Eve, Christmas
Visa/Master Card
Yes
American Express Card
Yes
Motorcoach Parking
Yes
Discover Card
Yes
Revolutionary War
Yes