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This B&B is a History Lover’s Dream!

This B&B is a History Lover’s Dream!

Well come on in! Step inside the John Rutledge House Inn and be instantly transported back in time. Built in 1763 by John Rutledge, this historic inn is the only home of a signer of the Constitution of the United States that serves as both a living historic landmark and a grand bed and breakfast. Scroll on to learn 5 more fun facts about this history lover’s dream B&B.

  1. The house was built by John Rutledge as a wedding gift to his bride Elizabeth Grimke.
  2. Parts of the Constitution were drafted in the John Rutledge House Inn Signers Ballroom.
  3. The house’s beautiful wrought iron balcony and staircase were not added until 1853.
  4. John Rutledge’s brother, Edward, built the house across the street (now The Governor’s House Inn) and he signed the Declaration of Independence.
  5. In the 1920s, Charleston’s mayor, Robert Goodwyn Rhett, lived in the John Rutledge House. Mayor Rhett was expecting a visit from President William Taft during his tour of Charleston and wanted to do something extra special for him. Mayor Rhett asked his butler, William Deas, to “dress up” their typical crab soup. His presidential variation featured orange crab eggs, giving the soup bright color and impeccable taste. Thus began a legacy and practical rite of passage for Charleston foodies. TASTE THIS: Check out one of our favorite spots to enjoy She Crab Soup in Charleston

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