John Joyner Smith House – 400 Wilmington Street (Facing Bay Street), Beaufort SC

Built in: 1813

Originally built circa 1813 in the Federal style for John Joyner Smith, a Beaufort plantation owner, this house was entered from its Bay Street facade. A Greek Revival era remodeling relocated the entrance to its present location along Wilmington Street and resulted in modifications to the interior plan. During the Civil War, General Stevens, the Federal Military Commander, occupied the house with his staff. His aide, William Thompson Lusk, wrote his mother, “we are now pleasantly living in Beaufort with all sorts of comforts at our disposal. The house occupied by General Stevens is the one belonging to Mr. Smith and is an extremely elegant one. The portrait of Bishop Elliott looks down benignly from the mantel while I write. Personally, I wish the owners were back in their homes.” The charmingly restored smaller house at the back of the property, with its hand-hewn beams, is believed to be the original barn or carriage house.

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