Visiting the Joseph Manigault home, wasn’t planned, but as I walked by, I just had to see inside. Lucky for me, a tour group was starting soon. I was able to just join in and pay my tour fee at the entrance to the house.
The Joseph Manigault house was built by Joseph’s brother Gabriel. They were rice plantation owners and descendants of French Huguenots. After studying in Europe, Gabriel became fascinated by architecture. In 1803, he completed his brother’s house in the Adam style (known as Federal in the states). This style was all the rage in Europe at the time.
How the home came to be preserved and that’s an intriguing story in and of itself. It includes a gas station giving free tours if you bought a full tank of gas and a determined woman, Susan Frost.
It is now a restored house museum filled with period furniture that is similar to what the Manigaults would have had in the home at the time. It’s well worth a visit and a prime example of what a Federal style plantation would have looked like in the early 1800’s.
How to Visit
It’s not far from the Visitor Center and across the street from the Charleston Museum. This home is part of a package deal. If you want to go to other house museums or the Charleston Museum. The ticket price separately is $12.