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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

37 Meeting Street

James Simmons House

 

—circa 1760 —

 
37 Meeting Street Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
1. 37 Meeting Street Marker
Medallion:
Award 1986
Carolopolis
Condita A.D.
1670
Preservation Society of Charleston
The Carolopolis Award is a plaque placed on buildings that have been preserved, restored, rehabilitated or are outstanding examples of new construction. The award is presented to those individuals, businesses or organizations that currently own the property. The Carolopolis Award is a slightly modified reproduction of the seal of the City of Charleston. The word Carolopolis comes from the original name of the city
Inscription.
Charlestonian James Simmons is believed to have built this Georgian style house circa 1760. It is located on Lot 278 of the "Grand Model of Charles Town", the earliest plan of the city. Otis Mills, the original owner of the Mills House bought the property in 1846. At the time of Mills' purchase, the Meeting Street facade had been altered with the addition of two projecting bays.

The house served as "Executive Headquarters" and home to Confederate General Pierre T.G. Beauregard. He led the capture of Ft. Sumter in 1861 and organized the defense of the city against Union forces and the attack on the Federal blockade fleet.

 
Erected 2004 by Preservation Society of Charleston.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the South Carolina, Preservation Society of Charleston marker series.
 
Location. 32° 46.382′ N, 79° 55.842′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Meeting Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 Meeting Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 39 Meeting Street (a few steps from this marker); 36 Meeting Street
37 Meeting Street Marker, at left image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2011
2. 37 Meeting Street Marker, at left
(a few steps from this marker); William Bull's House (within shouting distance of this marker); Daniel Huger House (within shouting distance of this marker); Black and White Worlds: (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Landscape of the Enslaved (about 300 feet away); Nathaniel Russell House (about 400 feet away); The Site of Colleton Bastion (about 400 feet away); George Eveleigh House (about 400 feet away); Timothy Ford's House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
 
Also see . . .
1. The buildings of Charleston: a guide to the city's architecture; 37 Meeting Street. By Jonathan H. Poston, Historic Charleston Foundation (Charleston, S.C.), page 259 (Submitted on October 4, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Georgian Architecture. Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893) was a Louisiana-born American military officer, politician, inventor, writer, civil servant,
37 Meeting Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud
3. 37 Meeting Street
and the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. (Submitted on June 24, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Thomas Hanscome willed 37 Meeting street to his son James in 1789
There is no mention on your site of my ancestors owning 37 Meeting Street. I am looking at Thomas Hanscome's will 9/21/1789, which states, "I give and devise to my said son James and his heirs forever, my house and lot in Charleston on the East side of Meeting Street, known and distinguished by the number thirty seven, which I bought of John Todd and William Pitt." How could James Simmons have owned it at the same time?
    — Submitted August 5, 2016, by Joan Dickinson of Bradenton, Florida.

 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
37 Meeting Street<br>James Simmons House image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2011
4. 37 Meeting Street
James Simmons House
37 Meeting Street<br>James Simmons House Balcony image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2011
5. 37 Meeting Street
James Simmons House Balcony
37 Meeting Street<br>James Simmons House Gate image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2011
6. 37 Meeting Street
James Simmons House Gate
Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard<br>May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, circa 1862
7. Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard
May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 4, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 5, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on June 24, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.
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