“Two of America’s foremost abolitionists in Charleston…”
City Directories and History: GRIMKE-SEABROOK HOUSE
Constructed circa 1815-26
“Judge John Faucheraud Grimke began construction of this house in 1815. Father of the abolitionist Grimke Sisters, he lived with his family at 321 East Bay Street and probably never resided on this site. Thomas Banister Seabrook, a cotton planter from Edisto Island, completed the house and probably installed the Adamesque mantels and other decorations. The dwelling was conveyed by Seabrook’s daughter, Caroline Geddes, to Edward Trenholm in 1850. Trenholm lived here briefly while finishing his own house on the south side of the lot.
This house retains its original stuccoed quoining and dogtooth cornicing in its closed gable front. It has a double-tiered south piazza with an arched soffit on the principal story. Late-nineteenth-century changes to the house include the Victorian pressed-metal window heads and the two-over-two windows.”
Information from: The Buildings of Charleston – J.H. Poston – Author, for the Historic Charleston Foundation, 1997 – Also see in Union County, S.C. the summer home of the Grimke family – Belmont connect below with the Union SC Thread.
Other sources of interest: Charleston Tax Payers of Charleston, SC in 1860-61 and the Dwelling Houses of Charleston by Alice R.H. Smith – 1917 The HCF may also have additional data at: Past Perfect and further research can be uncovered at: Charleston 1861 Census Schedule or The Charleston City Guide of 1872
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