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Edward Rutledge House
Edward Rutledge House Charleston SC.jpg
Edward Rutledge House in 2011
Location 117 Broad Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Area 1-acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1760
Architect Miller & Fullerton
Part of Charleston Historic District (ID66000964)
NRHP reference No. 71000751
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Added to NRHP November 11, 1971
Designated NHL November 11, 1971
Designated NHLDCP October 9, 1960
Rutledge House
The Edward Rutledge House was heavily Victorianized during its ownership by the Wagener family as seen in this photo taken about 1890.

The Edward Rutledge House, also known as the Carter-May House and now The Governor's House Inn, is a historic house at 117 Broad Street in Charleston, South Carolina. This 18th-century house was the home of Edward Rutledge (1749–1800), a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence and later Governor of South Carolina. Despite many changes to the house, it retains its 18th-century core dating to about 1760, and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

Description and history

The Edward Rutledge House is located in historic Charleston, at the southwest corner of Broad and Orange Streets. It is a large Charleston double house, two stories in height, with a hip roof and clapboard siding. It is oriented as many Charleston houses are, with a two-story porch facing to the right side. The facade facing Broad Street has a gable at the center of the roof, which is fully pedimented and has modillions lining its outline. An entrance is located in the center of the main five bays, topped by a transom window and gabled pediment, and flanked by sidelight windows. The interior, which has undergone much alteration due to varied uses of the house, still retains some of its original features.

The house is most notable as the home of Edward Rutledge, a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence. Rutledge, a South Carolina native, was trained in England in the law, and had by the time of the American Revolution established a law practice in Charleston. He served in the First and Second Continental Congresses, and spent time during the American Revolutionary War as a prisoner of war, having been captured in the 1780 Siege of Charleston. He served as Governor of South Carolina from 1798 to his death in 1800.

The home is now a bed and breakfast. Images of the renovations can be seen on its website.

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