Heyward-Washington House

Charleston, SC

Where are we going?

Heyward-Washington House
87 Church St Charleston
SC 29403


What is there to do?

The Heyward-Washington House really does have an incredible link to the nation's history - do you know what it is?

Well, here are some clues - what about if we told you that it was built in 1772? Does anything come to mind?

What about if we told you that this Georgian-style double house was once the town home of Thomas Heyward Jr - anything now?

If you guessed that it had something to do with the Declaration of Independence - you'd be right! You see, Thomas Heyward Jr was one of four South Carolina signers of the actual Declaration of Independence and YOU can visit the exact same house, and walk the same floors as Thomas did all those years ago! What an amazing historic experience!

Thomas Heyward Jr was a patriot leader and artillery officer with the South Carolina militia during the American Revolution, and was actually captured when the British took Charleston in 1780 before being exiled to Florida but was exchanged in 1781

So much history already and we haven't gotten to the next exciting part of the home's history!

In 1791, a certain George Washington actually rented the house during his stay in Charleston, hence it being called the Heyward-Washington House - now you know!

It's at this historic property that you will actually feel like you are IN the history books! There's an incredible collection of historic Charleston-made furniture, including the priceless Holmes Bookcase, and also features the ONLY 1740s kitchen building that is open to the public in the city

As if you needed another reason to visit!

Don't miss a chance to wander the gardens too, featuring plants commonly used in the South Carolina Lowcountry in the late 18th century.

Are you excited to follow in the footsteps of two of the most iconic men in US history? Now is your chance, and it all happens at the Heyward-Washington House!

How much does it cost?

Adults: $12

Children: $5 (Ages 3 to 12), $10 (Ages 13 to 17)

Free Under: 2 years


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call to check on the accessibility of the property


When can we go?

10am - 5pm Monday to Saturday, 12pm - 5pm Sunday (Last tours 4:30pm)

Open year round


Any top tips?

You can purchase combo tickets for the Joseph Manigault House and Charleston Museum which saves you money!

I’m Hungry!

Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit, there are plenty of places!

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