George Washington's Southern Tour

He comes" he comes" the hero comes. Sound, sound your trumpets, beat your drums, From port to port let cannons roar, His welcome to our friendly shore. Opening stanza of the lyrics sung by Amateur Society Singers, 2 May 1791, as GW arrived in Charleston, South Carolina

In 1791, President George Washington departed his estate at Mount Vernon, Virginia and made a 1,887-mile round-trip visit of the American southern states. - AsNotedIn


Y/M/D Description Place
1791/00/00 George Washington visits Clifton Plantation and addresses the people of Georgetown. Arcadia Plantation, Georgetown, SC
1791/00/00 On his Southern tour of 1791, George Washington is entertained in Salem for two days, occupying the chamber at the northeast corner of the Tavern above the gentlemen's room Salem Tavern, Winston-Salem
1791/04/21 President George Washington stays in the Stanly House for two nights, April 20-21. John Wright Stanly House, New Bern
1791/05/01 GW departs Georgetown with artillery salutes from the foot of Broad St. On the opposite shore of Santee Creek Sampit River he is received by the light-infantry company and sails onto the Santee River 12 mi from it. Georgetown Historic District, Georgetown, SC
1791/05/01 On Lynchs Island on the Santee River, we breakfasted and dine at Mrs Horry's and lodge at the Plantation of Mr Manigold about 19 mi farther. Hampton Plantation, McClellanville
1791/05/02 Washington Breakfasts at the Country Seat of Gov Pinckney, about 18 mi from our lodging place. Charles Pinckney National Historic Site, Mount Pleasant
1791/05/02 At Haddrels point (Haddrels St), GW is met by Pinckney and Edward Rutledge in a 12 oared barge rowed by 12 American Captains of Ships, most elegantly dressed. A great number of other Boats with Gentlemen, ladies and Music attend GW across to Charleston. Mount Pleasant Historic District, Mount Pleasant
1791/05/02 At Prioleau's wharf, GW is met by Gov Pinckney, Lt Gov Isaac Holmes, intendant Arnoldus Vanderhorst, Sen Pierce Butler and Sen Ralph Izard, wardens of Charleston, Cincinnati, a Company of Fusiliers and shouts of joy from a large concourse of citizens. The Vendue Hotel, Charleston
1791/05/02 Civic dignitaries conduct Washington to the steps at the Exchange where they and members of the city's various professions and handicrafts pass by in procession. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston
1791/05/02 GW is escorted to his lodging, the home of Thomas Heyward. The house was leased for a week by the city council for 60 pounds and supplied with a housekeeper, servants and a proper stock of liquors, groceries and provisions. Heyward-Washington House, Charleston
1791/05/02 Washington dines at Governor Pinckney's house at 16 Meeting St (razed) in what he called a private way, with 15 or 18 Gentlemen. Calhoun Mansion, Charleston
1791/05/03 Washington breakfasts privately with Mrs Rutledge (the Lady of the Chief justice of the State who was on the Circuits, John Rutledge) John Rutledge's wife was Elizabeth Grimke Rutledge. Their house was on Broad St between King and Legare.
1791/05/03 In the forenoon (indeed before breakfast to day) GW visits and examinea the lines of Attack and defence (constructed across Charleston neck) of the City and is satisfied that the defence was noble and honorable.
1791/05/03 GW attends a public diner at the Exchange. He ate beneath a triumphal arch and afterwards heard 15 toasts, accompanied by cannonshots. The day and evening were spent with all the hilarity, harmony and happy festivity, that was suited to the occasion. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston
1791/05/04 Washington dines with the Members of the Cincinnati in the long-room of Edward McCrady's tavern. They were entertained by a choir of singers and patriotic toasts punctuated by the guns of the Charleston Battalion of Artillery. McCrady's, Charleston
1791/05/04 In the evening Washington joins a very elegant dancing Assembly at the Exchange, at which were 256 elegantly dressed and handsome ladies. The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon, Charleston
1791/05/05 Washington visits the Works of Fort Johnson on James's Island, and Fort Moultree on Sullivans Island, both of which are in ruins, and scarcely a trace of the latter left-the former quite fallen. Fort Moultrie, Sullivan's Island
1791/05/05 Washington visits the Works of Fort Johnson on James's Island, and Fort Moultree on Sullivans Island, both of which are in ruins, and scarcely a trace of the latter left-the former quite fallen. Fort Johnson, Powder Magazine, Charleston
1791/05/05 The President dines with a very large Company at the Governors, and in the evening went to a Concert at the Exchange at wch. there were at least 400 ladies - the Number and appearances of wch. exceeded any thing of the kind he had ever seen.
1791/05/06 Washington Views Charles Town on horse back by riding through most of the principal Streets. Dines at Majr Butlers, and went to a Ball in the evening at the Governors where there was a select company of ladies. Calhoun Mansion, Charleston
1791/05/08 President George Washington worships on Sunday morning at St Philip's. St Philip's Episcopal Church, Charleston
1791/05/08 President George Washington worships on Sunday afternoon from pew No 43. Originally known as "The Governor's Pew", No 43 is a large, long double-pew in the center of St Michael's Church. St Michael's Episcopal Church, Charleston
1791/05/08 George Washington dines with General Moultree.
1791/05/09 I recommenced my journey to Savanna attended by a Corps of the Cincinnati, and most of the principal Gentlemen of the City as far as the bridge over Ashly River, where we breakfasted and proceeded to Col W Washington's at Sandy Hill with a select party.
1791/06/00 George Washington visits and stays overnight Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro

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Transportation: Stagecoach

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