On the hottest and humidest of days, our docent, whose name I regret I did not get, was splendidly informative (she has been giving tours of this house for 50 years, and is as spry and youthful as someone well under 50, though she admits to being 90!), and her knowlege of the history of this house and wry sense of humor made this a highlight of our sightseeing in Charleston. The one-hour tour is discounted nicely as part of a package offering entrance to the Charleston Museum just across the street and the Heyward-Washington House on South Church Street, near the Battery. The differences between the two houses are interesting both historically and aesthetically: the Joseph Manigault House reflects more flamboyant planter tastes, with Empire/Regency/Jacksonian decor, while the Heyward-Washington is tastefully somber, with its more strictly Georgian decor.
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