A National Historic Landmark
Today the Governor’s House Inn is known for its luxurious atmosphere and amenities that combine modern and historic pleasures. Located within walking distance of all that Charleston has to offer, Governor’s House Inn’s historical significance dates back to the Revolutionary War; with the house being built a little over a decade before that era. We invite you to learn more about its beginnings, including the site’s origins, the home’s designer and more.
The Governor’s House Inn was built by James Laurens in 1760 on the site of the former Charleston Orange Garden. Located just outside the original walled city of old Charles Towne, the Orange Garden, which was believed to be the site of an actual orange grove in the late 1600s, was a park where concerts were frequently held.
Our Historic Inn’s Origins
The house was designed by Miller & Fullerton as a traditional Georgian double house, with a center stairway and two large rooms on either side. Typical of the style, the home is tall, lofty, and extremely symmetrical. The house underwent a large renovation in 1885 under the ownership of Captain Wagener. At that time, Victorian homes were extremely popular, so the house now features a Victorian spiral staircase. The heart of pine floors, fireplaces and triple-hung windows are all original. The fireplaces located in the formal living and dining rooms are solid slate.
A National Historic Landmark & Pride of Charleston
The home has been declared a National Historic Landmark due to its association with Edward Rutledge, who was instrumental in the struggle for American independence, and the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence at 26. Rutledge inhabited the home from 1776 until his death in 1800. He originally leased the home from its owner, James Laurens. Rutledge purchased the home for himself in 1788.
“Governor’s House captures my heart. I just might move in permanently.”
– SOUTHERN LIVING