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Miles Brewton House

  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

The Miles Brewton House was designed by Architect Ezra Waite and built in 1765-69 for a prominent Charleston citizen from whom it takes its name. It is notable chiefly for its architectural excellence; such historical interest as the house possesses springs directly from its architectural distinction. Because it was the most splendid townhouse in Charleston, it was occupied as a military headquarters in two wars -during the Revolution by Sir Henry Clinton, and in the last days of the Civil War by Federal officers of the army of occupation. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1769/00/00 Miles Brewton Home Built 1765-1769 for Miles Brewton. The Georgian residence is still owned by his decedents (as of July 2016).
1776/00/00 Rebecca Brewton Motte Home After a year of uncertainty, Rebecca Brewton Motte inherits her brother's considerable estate.
1780/05/15 Henry Clinton Headquarters Henry Clinton establishes the Miles Brewton House as military headquarters of the Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War. Remaining under British control until 1782, the soldiers left graffiti on the marble mantels. Siege of Charleston
1780/06/00 Charles Cornwallis British Lt General Cornwallis takes command of the British Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War.
1780/09/00 Francis Rawdon-Hastings Headquarters Francis Rawdon-Hastings takes the British command of the Southern theater of the American Revolutionary War.
1822/08/00 In reaction to Denmark Vesey's Rebellion, spiked fencing, (known as "cheveux de fries," French for "frozen hair") is installed at the Brewton house. Denmark Vesey Slave Revolt
1865/03/00 Brewton House as the residence and headquarters for General Alexander Schimmelfennig during the federal occupation of Charleston.

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Physiographic feature Forest

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Particulars for Miles Brewton House:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Other Description Double-house
Architectural Style Georgian
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Historic Use Single dwelling

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 15th October 1966

Registry Name: Brewton, Miles, House
Registry Address: 27 King St.
Registry Number: 66000699
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Georgian, Other
Attribute: Double-house
Area in Acres: 2
Contributing Buildings: 1
Contributing Structures: 1
Other Certification: Designated National Landmark, National Landmark boundary approved
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Nominator Name: National Historic Landmark
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1765, 1769
Historic Function: Domestic, Landscape
Historic Sub-Function: Single dwelling, Forest
Current Function: Domestic, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Single dwelling Forest

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