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Maxcy - Rhett House / “Secession House”

 
 
Maxcy Rhett House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
1. Maxcy Rhett House Marker
Inscription.
Maxcy - Rhett House
This house was built circa 1810 for Milton Maxcy (1782-1817), who came here from Massachusetts in 1804. Maxcy and his brother Virgil, who founded a school for young men in Beaufort, later taught at Beaufort College. In the 1850's Edmund Rhett (1808-1863), lawyer, planter, state representative, and state senator, brought the house and extensively remodeled it in the Greek Revival style, featuring an elaborate two-story portico.

"Secession House"
Edmund Rhett, along with his brother Robert Barnwell Rhett (1800-1876), lawyer, state representative, state attorney general, U.S. congressman and senator, was an outspoken champion of state rights and Southern nationalism from the 1830's to the Civil War. This house, long known as "Secession House," was the scene of many informal discussions and formal meetings during the 1850's by the Rhetts and their allies advocating secession and Southern independence.
 
Erected 2005 by The Gen. Richard H. Anderson Camp No. 47 Sons of Confederate Veterans. (Marker Number 7-30.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Confederate Veterans/United Confederate Veterans marker series.
 
Location. 32° 
Side 2 : Maxcy Rhett House Marker "SECESSION HOUSE" image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
2. Side 2 : Maxcy Rhett House Marker "SECESSION HOUSE"
25.963′ N, 80° 40.496′ W. Marker is in Beaufort, South Carolina, in Beaufort County. Marker is at the intersection of Craven Street and Church Street, on the right when traveling west on Craven Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1113 Craven Street, Beaufort SC 29902, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Presbyterian Church ( within shouting distance of this marker); St. Helena's Episcopal Church ( about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Helena's Church ( about 500 feet away); Tabernacle Baptist Church ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert Smalls ( approx. 0.2 miles away); The Baptist Church of Beaufort ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of the Old Baptist Meeting House ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Beaufort County, South Carolina ( approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Beaufort County, South Carolina ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Beaufort County South Carolina ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Beaufort.
 
Regarding Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House". The house is part of the Beaufort Historic District.
 
Also see . . .
1. Beaufort Historic District. Beaufort is significant for its role as a major center of South Carolina’s
Maxcy Rhett House image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
3. Maxcy Rhett House
antebellum plantation culture, its contribution to the history of the Civil War, and for its role it played in African-American history both during and after the war. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Robert Rhett. Robert Barnwell Rhett, Sr. (December 21, 1800 – September 14, 1876), was a United States secessionist politician from South Carolina. (Submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Robert Barnwell Rhett, (1800-1876)
Robert Barnwell Rhett, a Representative and a Senator from South Carolina; born Robert Barnwell Smith in Beaufort, S.C., December 21, 1800; completed preparatory studies; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Beaufort in 1824; elected to the State house of representatives for St. Bartholomew’s Parish in 1826, 1828, 1830, and 1832; elected attorney general of South Carolina in 1832; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1849); changed his name to Robert Barnwell Rhett in 1838; member of the Nashville convention in 1850; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John C. Calhoun and
Maxcy Rhett House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2008
4. Maxcy Rhett House Marker
served from December 18, 1850, until his resignation effective May 7, 1852; delegate to the South Carolina secession convention in 1860; delegate to the Confederate Provisional Congress in 1861; chairman of the committee which reported the constitution of the Confederate States; moved to St. James Parish, La., in 1867; died in St. James Parish, La., on September 14, 1876; interment in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C. (Source: Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress.)
    — Submitted July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.

 
Categories. Antebellum South, USNotable Buildings
 
Maxcy Rhett House is on the Carriage tour image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, February 2008
5. Maxcy Rhett House is on the Carriage tour
Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House" ,as mentioned Part of National Register of Historic Places: image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 10, 2011
6. Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House" ,as mentioned Part of National Register of Historic Places:
Beaufort Historic District *** (added 1969 - - #69000159)
Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House" Marker image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
7. Maxcy - Rhett House / "Secession House" Marker
CONTROL #: cwp2003005361/PP , CREATED/PUBLISHED: between 1861 and 1869
Maxcy - Rhett House image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1963
8. Maxcy - Rhett House
Historic American Engineering Record, HABS SC,7-BEAUF,10-1
Maxcy - Rhett House image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1963
9. Maxcy - Rhett House
Historic American Engineering Record, HABS SC,7-BEAUF,10-2
Maxcy - Rhett House image. Click for full size.
Historic American Buildings Survey, circa 1963
10. Maxcy - Rhett House
Historic American Engineering Record,HABS SC,7-BEAUF,10-3
Robert Barnwell Rhett<br>1800-1876 image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress, Frank Leslie's newspaper, v. 11, no. 272 (February 9, 1861), p. 188., 1861
11. Robert Barnwell Rhett
1800-1876
S.C House of Rep 1826-1832
S.C. Att Gen 1832
U.S. Rep from S.C. 1837–1849
U.S. Senator from S.C. 1850-1852
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 5,026 times since then and 324 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on February 28, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   6. submitted on July 25, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   7. submitted on June 15, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   8, 9, 10. submitted on April 29, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   11. submitted on July 25, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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