The Museum’s Heyward-Washington House was built in 1772, where furnishing and interpretation focus primarily on the period of ownership by Thomas Heyward, Jr., as well as the events surrounding the American Revolution and President George Washington’s visit to Charleston. However, the robust archaeological materials recovered from the property tell a much longer and varied tale. Excavations in the work yard revealed two 18th century occupations and households before the Heywards. The kitchen cellar revealed the artifacts and activities of residents through the 19th century. Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden will describe the archaeological features of the property and share artifacts from the many occupations.
Curator Talk programs provide visitors with an overview of a specified topic related to the Museum’s extraordinary and diverse collections before exploring the galleries on their own. Held in the Arthur M. Wilcox Auditorium, each Curator-led talk allows participants to immerse themselves in different areas of Charleston’s rich history with insight provided by the Museum’s knowledgeable curatorial staff. Conversations with a Curator and Curator Talks programs are typically held on the second Friday of each month.
All Curator Talk programs are open to the public and FREE for Members and FREE with admission. Effective August 2, 2021: Per Charleston County requirement all persons must wear face coverings when in Charleston County indoor public spaces. Accordingly, masks must be worn while visiting The Charleston Museum and its historic houses. Thank you for your cooperation and for helping our community to prevent the spread of COVID-19.