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Saturday 15 December 2018
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SECESSION HOUSE

1113 Craven Street • Beaufort, SC
MLS #1528742 • $2,400,000
Moss hung oaks and grand southern homes rich in history line the streets of the Historic Landmark District in Beaufort, SC. One of the finest and most notable homes is the Maxcy Milton House also referred to as Secession Home. The home was originally built by Maxcy Milton, circa 1810, as a school for boys. In the 1840’s Edmund Rhett, brother of U.S. Senator Robert Barnwell Rhett purchased the home. The first meeting in favor of secession from the Union took place in the Maxcy Milton Home.  During the Civil War, the home served many purposes from officers’ quarters, a hospital and as a Pay Master’s Station for Union Troops. Edmund Rhett completely remodeled the home in a Greek Revival architectural style. Grand architectural elements such as Corinthian and Ionic columns, exquisite Italian marble mantels as well as elaborately detailed plaster moldings and medallions throughout this stunning home.
Enjoy being steps from Historic Downtown Beaufort’s most well-known shops and restaurants and relax while watching lavishing sunset views along the Beaufort River. The home and grounds currently has 4 bedrooms/ 2.5 bathrooms. Zoning also allows for this iconic home to be a 10 room bed and breakfast.
Upon entering the grand foyer of the palatial home, you will see the awe-inspiring 10.5’ ceilings, Heart Pine floors and beautiful mahogany staircase. The main floor’s spacious living and dining rooms are separated by large pocket doors on the east and west side of the grand foyer.  The living room tells a rich storied past of how the Order of Secession was first drafted by Robert Barnwell Rhett (US Senator), brother of Edmund Rhett. Original jib doors in the living and dining room open onto the piazza. The home has 10 fireplaces, 6 of which are Italian marble and 4 pine, with beautiful millwork.  Cozy up with a book in the reading room with views of the beautiful lush grounds.
In the original design, Maxcy built the kitchen in a back room on the ground floor.  It was then moved to a separate house as was custom in the 1800’s.  The “kitchen house” as it is called, is directly behind the home and now serves as a guest house.  Today the gourmet kitchen and breakfast room are now located off of the dining room and back foyer.  The gourmet kitchen has a Subzero refrigerator as well as a Viking dishwasher, oven and stove. The kitchen’s custom cabinets were designed with functionality in mind and to fit with the 1800’s greek architectural design of the home. The stunning heart pine island with mahogany trim was also designed to complement architectural designs of the 1800’s.
The stately mahogany staircase leads to the second floor. The upstairs foyer serves as a central point to 4 spacious bedrooms with the ability to add more rooms.  Each bedroom is accompanied by a fireplace and closet that is conducive to modern times.  Natural light gleams into the bedrooms from the original windows.
The upstairs foyer leads out to the grand 2nd floor piazza, also called the “party proper,” that was used to entertain privately while still enjoying views of the Beaufort River. “Piazza Blue” can be seen on the ceilings of the piazza.  Once used to ward off “evil spirits,” the color likely resulted from a desire to use a light, reflective hue to visually open the enclosed space, coupled with the availability of blue dye made from the indigo plant., an 18th century prized commodity.
History is written on the plaster walls along the basement with names and drawings that were scrawled by soldiers and well known politicians dating back to the 1860’s.  Two spacious rooms with fireplaces are located in the basement of the home.
Minutes from the hustle and bustle of town, a solid concrete wall surrounds the grounds and allows you to escape to your own private oasis. The generously sized grounds are landscaped with lush greenery.  One can enjoy an evening fire on the patio or a morning cup of coffee in the courtyard, along the east side of the home.