Heyward-Washington House
Heyward-Washington House
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Historic mansion open to the public.
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles432 reviews
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ken m
Chcago469 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
George Washington stay at this home during his visit to Charleston. Original home for the most part with furniture from that time period. We saw the first two floors plus the facilities in the back yard. Much history in this home.
Written 26 April 2024
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ellen5181
New York City, NY214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Enjoyed this stop. Lovely locally made antique furniture. I learned a lot during the tour. I particularly enjoyed the format of the audio. You heard the basic explanation and then were given options A,B,C to learn more about specific topics of interest. Or just move on to next room. Well preserved and worthwhile.
Written 14 April 2024
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Mike B
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Authentic colonial home, well preserved. Would appear that “woke” management has taken over as the audio tour kept repeating over and over ( and over and over) the roles that enslaved people had. Felt the whole tour was more about that than anything else.

Not worth the price of admission.
Written 23 January 2024
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Richard C
Virginia780 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
The Heyward-Washington House is down by the battery in the heart of the Charleston's most beautiful area. I opted for the ticket that allowed me entry into two other sites (the Charleston Museum and the Joseph Manigault house, both about one mile uptown) -- more than enough for me in one day. This site has the advantage of of providing audio guides rather than a well-meaning person. If I felt I had gotten enough information, I could move on. That said, the recorded information was all helpful in understanding the house, the furnishings, and their context in the 18th century. The gardens are particularly lovely, and it's worth saving some time for a wander and a quiet time to sit. Highly recommended.
Written 9 December 2023
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Nancy A
270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I came to Charleston specifically at this time of year to see all the Christmas decorations. This home, while wonderful, was sparsely decorated.
Written 6 December 2023
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RozzyW
Tampa, FL314 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
A great tour of Colonial home with amazing collection of Colonial furniture. Amazing to walk the same house where Washington stayed for a week.
Written 14 October 2023
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TorontoHiker
Toronto204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
We walked by The Heyward-Washington House as we were on our historical walking tour. Our tour guide, Linda, really recommended that we if we only visit one home that we should visit this house. After our walking tour was over, we came right over. It is an 18th century house with the original kitchen, carriage house, slave quarters and courtyard. It was very sobering to hear all of the information on our audio tape. I have to agree with other visitors that there was an overload of information about the antique furnture. I did enjoy the visit.
Written 11 September 2023
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StarfishCouple
Calabash, NC24 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Our visit began with having to read lots of tacky signage plastered all over the door to find how to get in. When we finally find that the doorbell no longer works and we use the doorknocker, it is opened by someone who was irritated that she had to open the door for us! We were brusquely directed where to go next, and the girl taking our money (receipt said Grace) was no more welcoming than the initial contact. No southern hospitality here!

From reading previous reviews, apparently this site used to have good docents who gave the tours. Now it is a politically-correct prerecorded tour that STARTS OUTSIDE?!?!? If you came to learn about the Heyward's, there is very little information dedicated to them. If you didn't already know that he was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you might leave not knowing because very little emphasis is placed on his significance in history. And George Washington walked these very floors, but again, the recorded tour does not play that up either. The name Hayward-Washington is deceiving because very little attention is given to the family in the recorded tour. As amateur history buffs, we were very disappointed in its content!

The only bright spot of the tour (other than getting to walk where history-makers walked and lived!) was Rosemary (I think I have her name right), a very pleasant volunteer who was upstairs if you had any questions. I'm guessing maybe she was one of the friendly, knowledgeable docents that was mentioned in the older reviews. She made certain she took time with every guest as they came up the stairs and was a delightful, intelligent lady who seemed genuinely happy to be there and appreciative of the guests.
Written 9 August 2023
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Kelly N
Indianapolis, IN185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We enjoyed this tour. Like the other reviewer, it would have been nice to learn more about the family instead of the furniture. Do not miss the garden and enslaved quarters and be sure to press the optional buttons to learn more. We forgot to ask about the peg where George Washington was said to have hung his coat. We were glad we visited this home before the Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon as Thomas Heyward was imprisoned in the dudgeon.
Written 8 August 2023
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laurasW6098YJ
Washington DC, DC21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
I love historic house tours but the audio guide focused so much on the furniture and less on stories of people living in the house. (How many times must we hear what a chest on chest on chest furniture piece is.)

The woman working there was extremely unfriendly… the sign said pull on the knob out front so we did and she seemed super annoyed to open the door to let us in.

It’s cool that George Washington had tea here, and I like seeing the rooms restored to how they looked at the time, but we enjoyed the Rhett Aiken house 100x more.
Written 25 June 2023
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