***Tropical Storm Ian Update***
The Heyward-Washington House and Joseph Manigault House will be closing at 2 pm TODAY (September 29). Last tour of the day at the houses will be at 1:30 pm. Due to the risk of flooding, caused by Tropical Storm Ian, The Charleston Museum and its historic houses will be CLOSED Friday, September 30. We will resume regular hours Saturday, October 1.

General News

Drunken Rascals Beware

  Sideboards were a popular furniture form found in many eighteenth and nineteenth century dining rooms. This small neoclassical example was constructed by enslaved hands in the shop of prolific Charleston cabinetmaker Robert Walker (1772-1833). Executed in mahogany, satinwood, tulip poplar, and pine, the piece features six drawers arranged in two…

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The Timelessness of Joshua Lockwood

Tallcase clocks imported and labeled by Charleston clockmaker Joshua Lockwood, second half of the 18th century Joshua Lockwood was the son of Joshua Lockwood, Sr. (born in Worcester, England c. 1699), and Sarah Lee (born in Bridgetown Barbados c. 1722), the daughter of Worcester-born parents. Accounts of Joshua Lockwood’s place…

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Discovery of a Parrot in the Privy

Excavation of the workyard and kitchen cellar, 1970s The 1970s excavations of the Heyward-Washington House have yielded an archeological boon to the collections of The Charleston Museum. This trove of eighteenth and nineteenth century artifacts collected via Dr. Elaine Herold’s efforts include Native American pottery, varied samples of colono ware,…

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The Grimké Sisters

The Heyward-Washington House, Abolition, & Image Creation The exhibition case featuring the Grimké Sisters in The Charleston Museum. In its 250 years standing on Church Street, one of the most impactful occupants of the Heyward-Washington House may have also been its youngest: Sarah Grimké (1792-1873). She and her sister, Angelina…

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More than a Signer: The Military Career of Thomas Heyward, Jr.

Thomas Heyward, Jr., 1746-1809 Many know Thomas Heyward, Jr. as a signer of the Declaration of Independence, but less well-known is his service as a soldier during the American Revolutionary War. Heyward was deeply involved in the revolutionary movement in South Carolina, both politically and militarily, however. He was elected…

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