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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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The Heyward-Washington House as a Boarding House, 1819-1861

The interpretation at the Heyward-Washington House has mainly focused on the ownership and occupation of the Milners, Heywards, Grimkés, and Fuselers. Because the earlier and later periods, some revealed only by archaeology, are less well-known, we were delighted to host an internship by Judith Arendall who is pursuing a graduate…

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Saving the Heyward-Washington House

In the 1920s, the Heyward-Washington House was at risk. Though considered “a preservationist’s nightmare” it was actually a historic property that Charleston could ill afford to lose, particularly its Georgian-style interiors. The house was completed in 1772 for Thomas Heyward Jr. and his new wife Elizabeth Mathews Heyward. The Heywards…

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A Rouletted Colonware Sherd from the Heyward-Washington House

Map of features in the Heyward-Washington yard, by Sarah Platt Much has been written about the archaeological excavations at the Heyward-Washington House, and the artifacts recovered from the digs. Elaine Herold’s excavations of the kitchen, privy, work yard, driveway, and main house cellar in the 1970s produced one of the…

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