Located on 87 Church Street, as a part of the larger Charleston Museum, your group will find your next stop at the Heyward-Washington House. This historic house museum was first opened in 1772, a 43,560 square foot double house establishment. The Heyward- Washington House is an 18th century Georgian-style home that used to house Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of four Declaration of Independence signers to hail from South Carolina. This is also considered to be a Revolutionary War House, Heyward himself being a patriot leader and artillery officer for the South Carolina Militia. The other half of this home’s name comes after a week long visit in 1791 to this home by George Washington. The home was given from Hayward to Grimme, then in 1929 bought to be turned into the museum it is today. The home became an official National Historic Landmark in 1978 and has since then attracted several locals and tourists alike to discover its culture and history abound.
The Heyward-Washington house features the only publicly open 1740s kitchen in the city, as well as highly popular formal gardens featuring many South Carolina lowcountry 18th century native plants. This home is known for its superb collection of Charleston made historic furniture, including the priceless Holmes bookcase, considered to be one of the absolute finest examples of american made colonial furniture. Take a self guided or narrated tour of all the exhibits throughout the complex, including such subjects as Historic Textiles, City Under Siege, The Early Days, and Kidstory, a fun yet educational hangout spot for younger children who visit the museum. Save plenty of time to visit the Charleston Museum Store, chock full of educational books, souvenirs, and local children’s toys.