The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, is America's first museum. It is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located along Charleston's Museum Mile. Holding the most extensive collection of South Carolina cultural and scientific collections in the nation, it also owns two National Historic Landmark houses, the Heyward-Washington House (1772) and the Joseph Manigault House (1803), as well as the Dill Sanctuary, a 580-acre wildlife preserve.
Most people are aware that President George Washington stayed at the home of Thomas Heyward, Jr. during his visit to Charleston in 1791, but do they associate the deeper significance of the house to the American Revolutionary War? Heyward, for whom the the house was built in 1772, was an active participant in the events of the Revolution. He was one of four South Carolinians who signed the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. He also served with patriot military forces after returning to South Carolina, acting with distinction under General William Moultrie. Learn Heyward's fate, as well as the legends surrounding Elizabeth Heyward's brave stand against the British and much more at the July Revolutionary War focus tours.
The Charleston Museum's Heyward-Washington House will offer special Revolutionary War focus tours on July 3, 4, and 5 at 4:00 p.m.; reservations are not required. Admission is $10/adult and $5/child (free for Charleston Museum members). The Heyward-Washington House is located at 87 Church Street.
For more information, please call 722-2996 ext. 235. Please note: the July Revolutionary War Focus Tours are not available to tour groups during this time slot.
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