1. Heyward-Washington House – Charleston, South Carolina
South Carolina’s first historic house museum, the Heyward-Washington House fit rights in amid Charleston’s antebellum façades. Step inside the Georgian-style estate and you’ll be immersed in a rich heritage that includes its namesake owner, who signed the Declaration of Independence; a visit from George Washington; and resilient female residents who effected change in our country.
The 18th-century residence, acquired by The Charleston Museum in 1929, is one of the only Colonial town houses in the city open to the public. The interiors play host to an extensive collection of furnishings recognized as some of the finest examples of American Colonial pieces, many produced in Charleston. Outside, a stunning ornamental garden showcases flowers and foliage native to the Lowcountry.
With a legacy that spans 300 years and continued research efforts yielding more discoveries every day, each tour is a unique experience.
Visit charlestonmuseum.org for hours and admission information.
Photography by John O’Hagan