“An outstanding piece of antebellum architecture built with rice money.”
City Directories and History: Built ca. 1810, the William Seabrook House established a distinct style of architecture which was reproduced, with minor variations, in
plantation houses subsequently built on Edisto Island. It is the most ornate of the early Republican (Federal) houses which remain on the island. The house is a two-and-one-half story wooden building with dormers over a raised brick
basement. Double-tiered porticos feature pediment, slender columns, and arched entablature. Double flights of steps leading to the first floor portico gracefully disguise the high foundations and contain iron stair railings decorated with initials of original owner. Over the first floor entrance and in gable of portico are beautiful semi-elliptical fanlights, also sidelights at both front doorways and ornate transom over second floor entrance.
Fascia and frieze boards outside porch area are in dentil pattern. Tradition attributes design of the house to James Hoban, architect of the White House, who practiced in Charleston in the 1790s. William Seabrook, as part owner of the Edisto Island Ferry, bought the steamboat “W. Seabrook” which performed ferry duty among the islands south of Charleston during the early nineteenth century. One of the landings for this ferry was the Seabrook Plantation which consequently became a significant transportation center. Listed in the National Register May 6, 1971. [Courtesy of the SC Dept. of Archives and History]
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IMAGE GALLERY: Image taken of the Seabrook House for R&R.com by photographer Karen Coker – 2019
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