Built in: 1855-1857
Progress on the construction of this brick mansion between 1855 and 1857 is documented by surviving correspondence between Means and Franklin Talbird, who supervised its construction. On 13 December 1855 Talbird wrote: The roof of your house is boarded and ready for the tinner…. and by 3 January 1857 he continued the painter told me he would be finished in two weeks. A special war correspondent sent the following dispatch to the New York Daily Tribune in December, 1861: “The splendor of the houses and furniture and the beauty of the place may have been exaggerated, but the house of Colonel Edward Means would be called handsome in any town in the North.” The house was used as Union Hospital #2 during Civil War. Entered from the end elevation facing east on the “The Green,” the interior of the house is notable for its spacious quality. It has fine woodwork, marble mantels, and a beautiful floating spiral staircase. Like most Beaufort antebellum houses, the porch faces south to receive prevailing breezes, sun in winter and shade in summer.