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Heyward-Washington House

87 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401 (Charlestowne)
843 722 2996
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Ranked #27 of 104 attractions in Charleston
Type: Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Historic mansion open to the public.
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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

A great historical house tour. I was particularly amazed by the George Washington stories and the fact that he stayed in the house during a Presidential visit to Charleston.

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

I know.... apparently our first president slept in every town, and in every state; but the Heyward-Washington House has documentation to prove he stayed for a week! The tour guide was well informed, the house has many Charleston treasures. Well worth the admission price.

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Summerville, South Carolina, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Since I am a member of the Charleston Museum, I get to visit the museum houses whenever I get the whim. The museum owns the Heyward-Washington house and the Joseph Manigault House. Both are worth the time to visit. The Heyward-Washington house is air-conditioned! The tour guide was pleasant, informative, and patient. She was one of the best I have... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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201 reviews 201 reviews
104 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The house is splendid and right next to the alley that was the inspiration for the opera "Porgy and Bess". But, like so much of Charleston nearby parking can become a nightmare. the tour guide we had knew the history of the house and was able to respond to any questions. And the interior of the house is wonderful. Get... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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177 reviews 177 reviews
43 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The tour guide at the Heyward-Washington House was absolutely charming...a real southern belle! She knows the house inside out and obviously loves its history. The home is beautiful. Hearing stories about the home's occupants was spell-binding. We learned much about the way the rooms were used over the years and never felt rushed. After the tour, we were welcome to... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

The highlight of this house tour is the stories about the social customs of life when the home was built. There is not much of the house that is open for viewing, but the detached kitchen house and garden is interesting. The real attraction for me was the connection to the Grimke sisters who lived here for several years when... More

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Cheshire, England
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154 reviews 154 reviews
42 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

This is a pre-revolutionary property. In my opinion the admission fee is a little high for the length of time you get inside. Our guide was very informative. We visited here before looking around Nathaniel Russell House; they complimented each other very well.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We really enjoyed our tour of this beautiful mansion. There were only about eight people on the tour so we could ask plenty of questions. We really got a sense of the lives of the people who lived and visited this house. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable. As a reader of the book The Invention of Wings, it was... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This is a must see, George Washington stayed here. Completely furnished with period pieces. The outside kitchen and gardens were lovely. The narrated tour explained details down to the china on the table. Take the time to enjoy this one it was well worth the $10. Combination tickets are available to visit other sites. We will visit next time in... More

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Dallas, Texas
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53 reviews 53 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

If you like history and architecture, be sure to visit this home in Charleston. Once owned by Thomas Heyward, one of signers of the Declaration of Independence, this house is a treasure chest full of beautiful antiques. George Washington once rented this home for a week long visit to this lovely city. The kitchen building gives a fascinating view into... More

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