City Directories and History: The Dr. John B. Patrick House is historically as well as its architectural style. S played several different roles in the as summer residence, full-time residence Both buildings are essentially intact today in the same capacity as they were Historical Background and Significance Sullivans Island is a barrier island Charleston Harbor. Originally used approximately 200 acre island later persons, both free and slave, from the spread of disease. From the time a military installation, known first that developed around it, known as named for General William Moultrie, defense of the island’s small palmetto for became entering as Moultrieville, the Long before the Civil War, wealthy the North and South Carolina mountains breezes of the beaches. Moultrieville could not leave the city during the Moultrieville was left in shambles, residences were gone.
By early 1870, began to rebuild their homes on the Dr. Patrick was a Charleston dentist dental equipment that was first used Charleston in 1822, he married Sarah three girls. Dr. Patrick’s office and 1903, was at 82 Society Street. His floor while living quarters occupied Patricks, also dentists, lived and had Dr. Patrick was elected intendent (mayor) was written in 1902, he had moved his and milled in Charleston before being significant for its social and commercial values; its construction ca. 1870, the house and store have development of the community of Sullivans Island, namely brothel, general mercantile, and rental property, from their period of significance and serve the community originally intended. located immediately north of and at the entrance to coastal defenses and as a marking station, the host to quarantine stations (pest houses) for holding Charleston if thought to present a potential risk in of the American Revolution, Sullivans Island has contained Fort Sullivan, then as Fort Moultrie. The community was incorporated in 1817. Fort Moultrie was officer who in 1776 presided over the construction and log fortification, Fort Sullivan. Charleston merchants and plantation owners either summered in or retreated from stagnant heat of the city to cooler became the fashionable place for many Charlestonians who summer months to move their households. Following the war, island’s hotel, as well as most of its private however, those in Charleston who had any money remaining, island. who near the end of the Civil War patented a piece of widely in Europe and then in the United States. Born in Aukland in 1849. They had eight children – five boys and Charleston home, which he maintained until his death in dental office was in front of the large home on the first second and third floors. The next two generations of their dental offices at 82 Society Street in the city. of Moultrieville in 1872. At sometime before his will main residence from Charleston to Sullivans Island. the At the time Dr. Patrick built his house, the island was accessible only by ferry from either Charleston or Mount Pleasant. The larger structural timbers for the house were most likely cut shipped to the island. This is evidenced by the Roman numerals on the timbers near where they are mortised, tenoned and pegged. Several years later, Sullivans Island became accessible by a trolley which ran from Mount Pleasant. On the island the trolley ran east on Central Avenue, turning south at the corner beyond Dr. Patrick’s home, on what was then Patrick Street and is now Station 18 1/2 Street, and continued east on Middle Street. NR File Data / SC Dept. of Archives and History
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