Calhoun Mansion

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by aussiemate on July 27, 2001

The mansion is open from Wednesday until Sunday from 10am - 4pm. The price of admission is $15.00 for adults and $7.00 for children from age 5 - 10 years old. Children under 5 are free.

This Victorian Manor House was built by George Walton Williams, a wealthy merchant and banker. He built it following the Civil War around 1876. The 24,000 square-foot mansion has cathedral ceilings - about 14-feet tall. The walls are of ornate plaster and wood moldings. There are gorgeous fancy chandeliers, a stairwell that reaches to a 75-foot domed ceiling, and a ballroom with a curved glass skylight 45 feet high!

The mansion was used in the films, "Scarlett" and "North and South" and featured on A&E's "American Castles." Guided tours last about 45 minutes, or you can walk around on your own. I recommend doing both. The rich really knew how to built huge, tasteful estates. Plus, it is always interesting to see a former government leader's house.

Calhoun Mansion
16 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina

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