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Col. William Rhett House

54 Hasell Street

 

—circa 1712-1720 —

 
Col. William Rhett House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, June 13, 2010
1. Col. William Rhett House Marker
Inscription. This residence was constructed by Col. William Rhett (1666-1722), a prominent Charleston merchant and colonial militia leader. In 1706 he led a small fleet of local ships that repulsed a combined French and Spanish invasion of the city. Rhett is perhaps best remembered for his capture of the pirate Stede Bonnet in 1718. Considered one of the oldest houses in Charleston, this two story stuccoed brick residence was originally squarish in plan, a layout typical of early Charleston houses. An addition on the northwest side as well as the east and west piazzas, by which the house is now entered from Hasell Street, were added in the early 19th century. When constructed, the house was located outside the city limits on a portion of land known as the Point Plantation. After Rhett acquired the property in 1707 he renamed the twenty eight acres surrounding the house "Rhettsbury", a name that was still in use when the area was later subdivided for his granddaughters, Susannah Hasell Quince and Mary Hasell Ancrum. In 1807 the property was purchased by Christopher Fitzsimmons, a wealthy wharf owner. His grandson, Wade Hampton, III (1818-1902), Confederate Lieutenant General, Governor of South Carolina (1876-1879), and United States Senator (1879-1891) was born in this house in 1818.
 
Erected 2001
Col. William Rhett House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, June 13, 2010
2. Col. William Rhett House
by Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Location. 32° 46.98′ N, 79° 55.83′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is at the intersection of Hasell Street and Maiden Lane, on the left when traveling east on Hasell Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 54 Hasell Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. William Rhett House (here, next to this marker); Trinity Methodist Church Original Site / William Hammett (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Peter's Catholic Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William C. McElheran House (about 300 feet away); Dr. Joseph Johnson House   (about 600 feet away); St. Stephen's Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (about 800 feet away); a different marker also named Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
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Col. William Rhett House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, June 13, 2010
3. Col. William Rhett House
Col. William Rhett House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, June 13, 2010
4. Col. William Rhett House
Col. William Rhett House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Sean Nix, June 13, 2010
5. Col. William Rhett House
Col. William Rhett House Historic American Engineering Record image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, Louis I. Schwartz, August 1963
6. Col. William Rhett House Historic American Engineering Record
Habs SC,10-CHAR,69--3
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 13, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,032 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 13, 2010, by Michael Sean Nix of Spartanburg, South Carolina.   6. submitted on January 3, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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