William Wigg Barnwell House – 501 King Street, Beaufort SC

39aBuilt in: 1816

As recently as January, 1973, this house was slated for demolition. Through the intervention of Historic Beaufort Foundation several stays were granted and in September, 1973, it was moved from its original location at the southwest corner of Prince and Scott Streets to its present site. The twelve room town house is said to have been built by the Gibbes brothers on behalf of their sister, Sarah Reeve Gibbes, who married William Wigg Barnwell, grandson of the Revolutionary War hero, Major William Hazzard Wigg. During the Civil War, the house served as Union Hospital #4. The house remained in t æhe Barnwell family until 1895, when the Barnwells son Bower Williamson Barnwell died. The house later served as a school and as an apartment house. For the better part of this century it sustained much abuse and neglect. Despite this, much of the original paneling and a magnificent stair hall remained fairly intact. The house was purchased and restored by antiques dealer Jim Williams of Savannah, Georgia.

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