Charleston Style and Design

SUM 2013

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AV E N U E Time Traveling Middleton Place's House Museum offers a glimpse of America's early days BY JASON A. ZWI KE R | PHOTOG RAPHY BY HOLG E R OB E NAUS E ven before you set foot inside the house, you'll feel like you've traveled back in time. Look around as you walk the gardens. The magnifcent view across the Ashley River remains unspoiled by modern structures or docks. Henry Middleton recognized just how special this land was more than two and a 106 CHARLESTON STYLE & DESIGN | SUMMER 13 half centuries ago. The son of a royal governor, Henry chose to make his home here on what would become Middleton Place. American history—those crucial formative years between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War—is here, on this land, in this house. Henry's son, Arthur Middleton, signed the Declaration of Independence and, years later, Williams Middleton signed the Ordinance of Secession. This is not a house of mere observers of history. This is a house of people who made history. The original Jacobean house was built in 1705. By 1755, the main house was joined by a north fanker, which served as an art gallery and library, and a south fanker,

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