Homes with History: Pre-Civil War Property in Beaufort, S.C.

Though unassuming behind a weathered brick wall, this historic home in Beaufort, S.C., is a National Landmark. The Robert Smalls House, so named for a key figure in the American Civil War, was built in 1843 and tells an incredible story over its 4,264-square-foot floor plan.

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Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Photo By: Cora Bett Thomas Realty & Associates, a member of Luxury Portfolio International

Pre-Civil War Home in Beaufort, S.C.

Welcome to Beaufort, S.C., the second oldest city in the state behind Charleston. Founded by the British in 1711, Beaufort is home to magnolia trees, Spanish moss and antebellum architecture, like the Robert Smalls House pictured here.

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Brief History of the Robert Smalls House

The property was named for Robert Smalls, an important figure to both Beaufort and American history as a whole. To put it briefly, Smalls was an enslaved African American man who commandeered a Confederate ship and delivered its passengers to freedom during the Civil War. Smalls later returned to Beaufort, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and bought this house, which had been owned by his slave master. It's now a National Historic Landmark.

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Historic Home Dates Back to 1843

Though constructed in 1843, this historic home on Beaufort's 511 Prince Street looks brand new thanks to impeccable preservation. Once they enter through the iron gate, visitors can take a seat on the bench and enjoy the view up close.

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Historic House With Classic Carolina Style

From this side of the garden, guests can see that the home is two-stories tall and features a wood frame structure, gable roof and two porches. Palmetto trees flank the exterior for a true South Carolina look -- all that's missing is the classic crescent moon.

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Magnolias Provide Touch of Shade

Magnolia trees and tall palms help this sitting area stay cool and comfortable. Just like the Robert Smalls House, these plants are hundreds of years old.
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Formal Garden With Brick Walkways

Of course, a home this charming comes with a formal garden. Trimmed hedges and shrubs outline various sitting areas, while brick walkways invite visitors to take a stroll and appreciate the antebellum architecture.

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Moss-Covered Steps to Main Entrance

The Robert Smalls House is even more charming up-close. Moss-covered steps lead to the front porch, where a large door opens to the heart of the home. Two lanterns provide maximum visibility at night.
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Porch Overlooks Formal Garden

The front porch is actually a lot higher than it looks! Crisp white railings make the entrance feel even more grand, as do the impressive views of the garden.
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Brick Wall Offers Degree of Privacy

Because the Robert Smalls House is so close to the street, a brick wall provides some much-needed privacy. The magnolia tree offers relief from the afternoon sun and speaks to the property's history as well.
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Porch Includes Haint Blue Ceiling

With ceiling fans and comfortable chairs, this porch calls for sweet tea and sitting a spell. Sharp-eyed guests will spot the classic "Haint Blue" ceiling overhead, which is said to ward off restless spirits in Southern folklore.
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Charming Guest Cottage in Garden

Around the back of the house waits a little guest cottage, which comes with its own bedroom and full-sized bath. Sash windows fill the structure with natural light and provide picture-perfect views of the garden.
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Cottage Complements Main House

With its crisp white exterior and black shutters, the guest cottage complements the main house. A brick walkway and stairs help guide visitors to their quarters.

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