Heyward-Washington House
Heyward-Washington House
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Historic mansion open to the public.
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  • TLinHT
    Havertown, Pennsylvania53 contributions
    That Washington really slept here is only part of the history
    This is a good site to visit while in Charleston as, in particular, it provides a rich context for local history. The audio tour is very informative; be sure to press buttons A and B when prompted, as the additional information enhances the learning experience without becoming tedious. Rather than just purchase a ticket for this house, we opted for the $25 combination ticket, which not only provide admission to Heyward Washington, but also provides access to the Joseph Manigault House and the Charleston Museum (across the street from each other). All three warrant a visit and provide worthy looks at history.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 13, 2023
  • HonestEvaluator
    113 contributions
    Very interesting well conducted audio tour
    I often get bored with audio tours but found this one to be quite interesting. The house was filled with interesting pieces of the era which were all well explained. I especially enjoyed the sound effects that accompanied the audio explanations to make you feel like you were actually there (clinking dishes during the dining room audio, background conversations in the salons). I found the slave quarters to be both informative and troubling, as they should be. The young lady who sold the tickets was warm and welcoming. If you are interested in Charleston history, this is a stop you should make.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 26, 2023
  • TorontoHiker
    221 contributions
    Interesting tour of house and garden/slave quarters/courtyard
    We walked by The Heyward-Washington House as we were on our historical walking tour. Our tour guide, Linda, really recommended that we if we only visit one home that we should visit this house. After our walking tour was over, we came right over. It is an 18th century house with the original kitchen, carriage house, slave quarters and courtyard. It was very sobering to hear all of the information on our audio tape. I have to agree with other visitors that there was an overload of information about the antique furnture. I did enjoy the visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 11, 2023
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ryanprint
Green Bay, WI217 contributions
Apr 2022
We came across the Heyward-Washington House somewhat unexpectedly, but really enjoyed the tour there. Our docent was extremely knowledgeable about the home, the families that resided there, and its era of importance in Charleston. While not too large, there are some amazing pieces of antique furniture in there to see, and they keep the tour groups small so that you have time to view and ask questions. The ticket that includes this place, the Mangiault home and the Charleston Museum is a good value that makes for an interesting look at the city and some of its prominent historical figures. Also, George Washington slept here.
Written April 17, 2022
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StarfishCouple
Calabash, NC23 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our visit began with having to read lots of tacky signage plastered all over the door to find how to get in. When we finally find that the doorbell no longer works and we use the doorknocker, it is opened by someone who was irritated that she had to open the door for us! We were brusquely directed where to go next, and the girl taking our money (receipt said Grace) was no more welcoming than the initial contact. No southern hospitality here!

From reading previous reviews, apparently this site used to have good docents who gave the tours. Now it is a politically-correct prerecorded tour that STARTS OUTSIDE?!?!? If you came to learn about the Heyward's, there is very little information dedicated to them. If you didn't already know that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you might leave not knowing because very little emphasis is placed on his significance in history. And George Washington walked these very floors, but again, the recorded tour does not play that up either. The name Hayward-Washington is deceiving because very little attention is given to the family in the recorded tour. As amateur history buffs, we were very disappointed in its content!

The only bright spot of the tour (other than getting to walk where history-makers walked and lived!) was Rosemary (I think I have her name right), a very pleasant volunteer who was upstairs if you had any questions. I'm guessing maybe she was one of the friendly, knowledgeable docents that was mentioned in the older reviews. She made certain she took time with every guest as they came up the stairs and was a delightful, intelligent lady who seemed genuinely happy to be there and appreciative of the guests.
Written August 9, 2023
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Sue9832
Peoria, AZ151 contributions
May 2021
This house of one of the 4 signors of the Declaration of Independence AND also where George Washington stayed when he visited Charleston. The furniture is extremely interesting in the craftsmanship, history and use. The tour guide was gracious and so knowledgeable - 12 years experience. The kitchens, laundry and beautiful gardens are also on the tour. Be sure to take this one!
Written May 7, 2021
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westcoaster2010
boise, id48 contributions
May 2021
I loved our recent tour of this house. Our guide was fabulous and gave you a good sense of the history of Charleston back to the 1700's and the various families who had lived there. I recommend reading "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd before going because she lived her early years in the house and many scenes in the book take place in it,
Written May 31, 2021
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TorontoHiker
Toronto221 contributions
Feb 2023 • Family
We walked by The Heyward-Washington House as we were on our historical walking tour. Our tour guide, Linda, really recommended that we if we only visit one home that we should visit this house. After our walking tour was over, we came right over. It is an 18th century house with the original kitchen, carriage house, slave quarters and courtyard. It was very sobering to hear all of the information on our audio tape. I have to agree with other visitors that there was an overload of information about the antique furnture. I did enjoy the visit.
Written September 11, 2023
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candegurrl25
Flower Mound, TX163 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The coolest thing about this house is the fact George Washington state’s here during his stay in Charleston. Aside from that the tour is limited to a handful of rooms that have very little to look at. The tour guide did a good job, but again there was little to show. The outside garden is nice. I would recommend other homes that have much more to see.
Written February 24, 2020
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Stephen D
Cocoa, FL2 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
This house is a National Historic Landmark because it's associated with two very important people, the son of the original builder, Thomas Heyward Jr., a signatory of the Declaration of Independence, and a prominent guest in 1791, President George Washington. Upstairs, in the Drawing Room, parties were held for President Washington, where he danced with numerous ladies of the Charleston aristocracy. When the party was over the men would repair to the Withdrawing Room where they would discuss business, politics, and the burning issues of the day. If you visit that room, you'll find a painting of a previous owner of the house by a young Samuel F B. Morse, the future inventor of the Morse Code. Also, the green bedroom contiguous to the Drawing Room is where Washington slept during his stay in Charleston.
Written September 21, 2022
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RTS
91 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
This tour was not worth the visit. The lady who conducted the tour was hard hear, not super friendly, and she rushed the tour. On the main floor, she quickly told us a brief history of the house, but it was pretty vague. She sent us upstairs and said to let them know if we had any questions. The man upstairs didn’t bother to tell us anything about the rooms we looked at, didn’t really answer or know the answer to any questions and pretty much just rushed us. I left feeling like I would have learned more by pulling up Wikipedia. Not worth the time, which was about 15 minutes.
Written December 2, 2020
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L E Crosley
20 contributions
Dec 2020
The best part of the house was realizing you were walking on the same floors where George Washington walked during his stay. I recommend this visit primarily for those who enjoy American history, and colonial furnishings. All interpreters in historical properties are currently wearing masks which makes it very difficult to hear and understand. Some homes have app where you receive tour notes on your smart phone, but the Heyward-Washington house did not.
Written December 7, 2020
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Krissi P
Texas52 contributions
Mar 2021 • Couples
To be walking where Washington did was a surreal feeling!
There was a guided tour of the main house by a lady that was obviously passionate about the history of the place. The guided tour only lasted about 20 min then you were able to go outside and view the kitchen and laundry house and the gardens. Definitely worth a stop while in Charleston.
Written March 8, 2021
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