Charles Edward Leverett House – 1301 Bay Street, Beaufort SC

Built in: 1800

Construction of this house has often been cited as having occurred prior to the pre-Revolutionary, as has the story that it was moved to Bay Street from St. Helena Island by Dr. Benjamin Rhett around 1850. The source of this information has never been documented, however, and construction and stylistic evidence suggest the house was built in the early 1800s. Charles Edward Leverett purchased the property in 1854 for $1,800. After the Civil War, Reverend Leverett, the last rector of Old Sheldon Church, wrote from Columbia the following letter to General Saxton: “Sir, I am the owner of a home in Beaufort, the 5th from the west end of the Bay, and a plantation on the Main, one mile from Garden’s Corner on the lower road to Pocotaligo, on the right hand side across and bordering Huspah Creek. From the latter place, I was ordered by the Confederate picketry. I have taken the oath required by the U.S. and now write to claim my property. Colonel Ely informed me that I was to address you and said there would not be the least difficulty in my recovering the home. I am an Episcopal clergyman and have been in the exercise of my dismal engagements throughout the war at this place. Will you inform me in regard to the above. You are aware that we cannot, on account of the climate, return to our places until after frost, and then I do not know in consequence of what I hear of the occupation of the Negroes, if it would be possible at that time. You will oblige me, General, by addressing a letter to me stating if I can have my two homes and land. I am, respectfully your Obt. Svt., Charles Edward Leverett.” More fortunate than most fellow townsmen, he regained ownership of his home after it had been confiscated during the war, and it remained in his family until 1920.

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