The Heyward-Washington House, St. Michael’s Church, St. Phillip’s Church
Thomas Heyward, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Rutledge, Edward Rutledge, John C. Calhoun, Edward Rutledge, Charles Pinckney
First stop is the Thomas Heyward House on Meeting Street. The Heyward-Washington House gets its name from two of the political legends who once inhabited the home. The house actually belonged to Thomas Heyward, Jr., who was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington, however, stayed in the house during his visit to Charleston in 1791. Visitors can tour the home and learn more about Heyward’s personal life as well as Washington’s visit.
Only a few blocks away is St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, the oldest church building in Charleston. Besides being the worship place for many famous guests, including George Washington and Robert E. Lee, the church’s graveyard is also the resting place for several important political figures. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, who played a major role in the US Revolution and later ran for both vice president and president, is buried there, as is John Rutledge. Both Pinckney and Rutledge were signers of the US Constitution.
Next up is another church that is located only a short distance from St. Michael’s. St. Phillips is another of Charleston’s famous Episcopal churches with a variety of notable graves in the churchyard. John C. Calhoun, former vice president of the United States, is buried here, as is Edward Rutledge, the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Charles Pinckney, cousin of Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, is also buried here. Like his cousin, Pinckney was a signer of the Constitution.
Heyward-Washington House: Open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 5 pm and Sunday 1:00 pm to 5 p.m.
87 Church St, Charleston, SC 29403 Adults/$10 Children/$5
St. Michaels Episcopal Church
71 Broad Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401
St. Phillips Episcopal Church
142 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401
From Greenville….3 hours.
From Columbia…1.45 hours.
From Atlanta…4.45 hours.