Monday-Saturday: 10 am -5:00 pm (last tour at 4:30 pm)
Sunday: 1:00 - 5:00 pm (last tour at 4:30 pm)
Rice was South Carolina's economic base in the early 19th century. Profits from growing and trading it made possible the buildings which comprise Charleston's noted architectural heritage. Among the most elegant of these is The Charleston Museum's Joseph Manigault House, a National Historic Landmark, located in downtown Charleston close to the Museum and the City Visitor Center.
Designed by gentleman architect Gabriel Manigault for his brother, Joseph, this three-story brick town-house is an exceptional example of Adam-style, or Federal, architecture. The Manigaults descended from French Huguenots who came to America to escape persecution in Europe. Joseph owned plantations, sat in the state legislature, and was a trustee of the College of Charleston. Gabriel, who owned plantations and commercial investments, is credited with designing Charleston's City Hall and the South Carolina Society Hall.
One of Charleston's most graceful historic structures, the Joseph Manigault House reflects the lifestyle of both a wealthy, rice-planting family and the slaves who also lived there. Many of the rooms have been restored to their original (and often unexpected) color schemes, while a sweeping staircase provides access to the second floor. Furnishings, from the Museum's collections, include an outstanding collection of American, English and French pieces of the early 19th century. A charming Gate Temple is the focus of a period Garden, and the location of the adjacent outbuildings, such as the kitchen and slave quarters, stable, and privy are marked with interpretive signage.
Every year, the Garden Club of Charleston decorates the Joseph Manigault House for the holidays. Visit us December 8-31, 2012 and see their creative arrangements, using only live plant materials that would have been available in the Lowcountry during the 19th century. View our Calendar for more information on holiday decorations at the Joseph Manigault House.