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. Its crown molding, fireplaces and wood floors have been impeccably preserved.

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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

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

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

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

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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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Foyer With Classic Details

Crown molding and hardwood floors are a classic combination in this foyer. A traditional console table and blue runner complete the space, as well as guide visitors towards the kitchen.

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Formal Living Room for Entertaining

Turning left off the foyer leads into the formal living room. Here, crown molding, a large fireplace and an antique grandfather clock all nod to the home's past, while two sofas and a cushioned armchair bring the space into the present.

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Fireplace in Formal Living Room

A traditional fireplace anchors the far wall and so becomes a prominent focal point in the living room. At the same time, a patterned rug softens the hardwood floors and offers a rich dose of color.

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Foyer Flows Into Kitchen, Butler's Pantry

The blue runner leads right into the kitchen and butler's pantry. Here, generously-sized cabinets offer plenty of storage, while a glossy green backsplash makes a fun statement.

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Earth Tones Add Warmth to Kitchen

Green subway tile and hardwood floors add a warm, earthy touch to this crisp white kitchen. Recessed lighting brightens the room, while granite counters make for a cool visual contrast.
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Newly Renovated Kitchen With Island

The kitchen has been beautifully renovated, and now boasts recessed lighting, new appliances and a large island for easy meal-prep. The green backsplash wraps all the way around the space for visual interest and cohesiveness.
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Copper Pots and Pans in Open Kitchen

Copper pots and pans seem both trendy and timeless in this kitchen. A wire rack above the island keeps them within easy reach and creates a visual display that the owners can enjoy from every angle.
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Light-Filled Breakfast Nook

Of course, this 4,264-square-foot historic house has even more rooms than we can imagine. Here, a wood dining table with six chairs serves as another great space for entertaining visitors.

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Blue Dining Room With White Trim

Just off the kitchen waits this beautiful blue dining room, with an antique table and six wooden chairs. A chandelier illuminates the space, while a fireplace promises to keep drafts at bay.
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Elegant Formal Dining Room

Notice how crown molding and white windows really complement the robin's egg blue of the walls. With the chandelier and billowing curtains, the dining room looks especially elegant.

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Study With Built-In Bookshelves

Built-in bookshelves line the walls of this spacious study, allowing the owners to display their favorite works and volumes. Meanwhile, a large fireplace and plush furniture make for a comfortable reading area.
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Runner Extends Across Second Floor

On the second floor, a neutral runner extends from the staircase to the guest bedroom. At the end of the hall, a Dutch door allows fresh air and natural light to filter inside while still keeping busy bees in the garden.
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Cheerful Blue and Green Guest Bedroom

In addition to the master suite, the Robert Smalls House features three bedrooms and five full-sized baths. Here, bright blue walls create a cheerful space for guests, with a striped sofa and chair for extra comfort.
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Guest Bedroom With Antique Doll House

The Robert Smalls House also boasts six different fireplaces, one of which you can see here. When paired with a traditional bed frame and an antique doll house, the fireplace makes the guest room feel charming yet period-appropriate.
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Guest Bath With Sage Green Wallpaper

Sage green walls add a splash of color to this traditional guest bathroom. A large tub and pedestal sink offer plenty of room to freshen up.
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Master Suite Includes Vintage Dressers

Because they share the same sage green hue, the vintage dressers pair well with the room's floral wallpaper. A traditional fireplace completes the space and gives it a sense of history.
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Master Suite With Floral Wallpaper

Sage green, gray and white make for a soothing color palette in this master suite. With two armchairs and an upholstered bed, the owners can read or curl up and snooze for hours.
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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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Entrance and Open Floor Pan

Thoughtful planning helps this little guest cottage feel super spacious. Take a right and enter the main living space, or go left and follow the stairs up to the second level.

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Barn Doors to Spa Bathroom

Those barn doors open to the bathroom, which includes a vessel sink and walk-in shower. With a space like this, visitors will love staying in the guest cottage.

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Window Brightens Half-Bath

Throughout the house, sash windows fill each room with stunning natural light. The same goes for this half-bath, where a window brightens up the little sink and mirror.
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Exposed Brick in Cozy Kitchen

Exposed beams and a brick wall make this kitchen feel nice and cozy. Meanwhile, stainless appliances and spacious cabinets ensure that guests have everything they need for a quiet night in.

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Counter, Stools Create Breakfast Bar

A large counter works overtime in the kitchen, serving as both a space for meal prep and as an impromptu breakfast bar. Notice how the gray barstools perfectly complement the kitchen cabinets.

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Cottage Includes Reading Area

Again, thoughtful planning makes all the difference for this guest cottage. On the other side of the kitchen cabinets, two barstools create a little breakfast nook, while matching armchairs form a spot for reading or watching TV.

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Home Office With Wood Desk

Through the kitchen, guests can access a little home office, which comes equipped with a wood desk and two built-in bookshelves. A large area rug softens the floor below.
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Comfortable Living Room

Opposite the leather chairs, a built-in shelf offers storage for pillows and blankets. With a warm wood coffee table in the center of the space, guests have everything they could ever need.

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Living Room With Leather Chairs

Where exposed brick and ceiling beams make this living room feel a little rustic, two leather chairs add a touch of refinement. In turn, this space is nicely balanced -- and great for lounging as well.

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Guest Bedroom Overlooks Garden

Upstairs, a quilt and fireplace help the guest bedroom feel as cozy as the lower level. Sash windows on either side of the bed provide pretty views of the garden as well.

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Storage Solutions in Guest Bedroom

Yes, it's true -- though seemingly small, this guest bedroom has its own closet and reading corner. A wood dresser topped with a TV doubles the room's functionality.
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Ladder Leads to Attic

On the other side of the room, a ladder leads to the attic. We know, we know: this guest cottage is the definition of cool.
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Bright White Attic

From the entryway downstairs to this little attic, every square inch of the guest cottage has a purpose. Thus, a cushioned sofa and small table create a fun spot upstairs to read.

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